LEVI VAN GELDER
I Made A Music Video And Aquarium Decoration And You Will Never Believe What Happened Next!!!! (2017)
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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.
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All humans who know how to operate a computer, or even more primitive, know how to read, understand the signs of this society. We have access to all the data that is stored inside the secondary world of information we have created. We understand the context of this world. But with time as a destructive factor (or a meteor, climate disaster, nuclear war, alien invasion, Donald Trump) someone may one day look back at our society without understanding our contexts, not unlike the way we reminisce about other extinct civilizations.
'I Made A Music Video And Aquarium Decoration And You Will Never Believe What Happened Next!!!!' is a diptych about the lifespan of symbols, the ruin of context and our post-human identity.