20 December – 24 January
Opening reception – 20 December at 6pm
My Activity reflects upon the way that we personally interact with and transfer of our thoughts to a virtual entity. This entity not only survives our death but will continue to learn and grow beyond our physical lives. Exploring the web as a form of ‘augmented eternity’ which makes our digital footprint more relevant than ever, Van Gelderen examines his online persona through the archive of his Google browsing history and activity.
“I was struck by the realisation that I had come of age online. At a formative time in my life, I viewed technology as a safe space; a space not only to navigate and work through feelings but also to search for validation and others who felt like me.”
The installation serves as a funeral for the artists’ virtual self. A psychological self-portrait is pieced together from a virtual portrait; a eulogy solicited from an anonymous user online based solely on Google data with no additional information or context; images and video data from his browsing history, memorialising his virtual life since 2011 and reclaiming his public history.
Luke van Gelderen was chosen as the winner of Rua Red’s Winter Open Exhibition 2018.