LEVI VAN GELDER
10SC WLTZ (2017)
Through the Internet, information can be spread around the globe within seconds. Signs and symbols lose their context and value, drift away from their reality, and live a life on their own before we even know where their origin lay. My generation is evolved in such a way that it is able to deal with this lack of context, possibly explaining why we seem such a superficial generation. We are equipped with the ability to understand that we do not have to understand. We create content that is pulled apart from any reality whatsoever before you can say Bush did 9/11.
10SC WLTZ is a Dutch Schlager song I have written and recorded with Dutch singer Liesbeth. The song is about Liesbeth, who falls in love with a man in a chat room: CooleDaan_453. She runs away from her everyday, physical life to the digital reality where CooleDaan lives, hoping to find her paradise. She detaches herself from her physical form and decides to live immortally in the digital realm.
The narrative seems to be about the imbalance between our digital and physical identities, but the posthuman journey of Liesbeth is mostly a metaphor for images on the Internet, the lifespan of these digital symbols and their immortality. Reality is about life, time and death. The world of human-made signs and symbols is about relevance. If people keep talking, thinking, tweeting about something, it will live. But on the Internet, signs can stay alive, even when people forget about it. It can live on, in comatose condition, in the depths of our databases, not quite alive but also not dead. Immortal.
In the video Liesbeth slowly descends to these lowest 'Circles of the Internet' (where everything in the physical world would have been long dead) alongside other seemingly random Internet images, symbols of a culture that floats amid WiFi waves and is stored in databases. A world torn away from any reality whatsoever.
10SC WLTZ refers to the Tennessee Waltz, a song by Liesbeth from 2008, of which the 10SC WLTZ is a cover. The song by Liesbeth also is one of many covers of the Tenessee Waltz by Patti Page (1950.)