Metaphorically, the fact that screens have become such a huge part of our physical reality means that we never really have to stop consuming content. There is an expectation to always be consuming, and now with algorithmically generated content, there will always a source. One single medium, YouTube, has the power to both push trends and decide what gets pulled into the average user’s main view. Excessive consumption and the endless, viral content compound each other.
SP: Could you explain your artistic practice a bit? What is your background? What are your main topics, tools, and technologies? And would you describe yourself as a digital or web artist?
JK: I studied literary journalism and always loved telling stories, but to be honest, I never considered myself an artist before June of last year. I’d mostly worked in communications before discovering Virtual Reality and falling in love with the storytelling capabilities of this medium, but even then, I curated events for other creators rather than creating myself. I somehow found the application to an amazing digital naturalism conference in Thailand and that was the start of my creative practice. While there, I met a group of hackers, foragers, artists, and designers and we hosted a jungle foraged dinner, made a game using a red button, four lines of code, and the Thai snack myang kham, and ate a lot of red ants. I’m more inclined to research than producing visual output, so just making stuff with different people from this conference really broadened my concept of what art could be. Now, I think of art as a space for something that doesn’t exist yet.
»The Dinner Table will look somewhat like Chatroulette did before it became a black hole of dick vids.«
Since then, I’ve continued to experiment with different forms. In my last exhibition with the Acts of Life residency program, I mixed performance with installation and video work. In the next phase of this mukbang project, I’ll veer towards creating a web based chat portal. With the projects after that, we’ll see. I still enjoy writing, I enjoy telling stories on stage, I’m open to all forms, but at the root, everything I make invites the audience to be part of the work. I believe audience and artist work in tandem and on the same power/playing ground, and my goal is to create a world where that relationship can exist.