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Andrew Burrell and Chris Rodley, Everything Is Going To Be OK :)


Andrew Burrell is a contemporary arts practitioner with a history in real-time 3D and interactive audio installation. His projects examine notions of self and narrative and the implications of virtual worlds, networked environments and artificial life systems upon identity. He holds a PhD from the University of Sydney. Chris Rodley is a writer for new media whose work is exploring emerging frontiers for the literary. His projects include writing for web, television and live performance. Chris is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney. Since early 2013, Andrew and Chris have been collaborating on a series of media art and electronic literature projects which explore the potential for storytelling with real-time data. They include the public artwork Enquire Within Upon Everybody, which was presented simultaneously in Sydney and Darwin, Australia as part of the International Symposium on Electronic Art 2013.



– anonymized tweet, 2012

Teenage heartache has become a public commodity. On social media, young people now broadcast the most intimate moments of their lives to a global audience. Context collapse has replaced the small, specific audiences we once opened our hearts to with a vast, undifferentiated swarm of humanity. Falling in and out of love, breaking up and reconciling, seeking solace or revenge – all are enacted in the midst of the data stream.

Everything Is Going To Be OK :) explores this new, performative model for love and loss that is emerging in networked environments. Deploying what might be described as a “poetics of search”, the artwork sources relevant tweets from Twitter in real-time, performs string manipulation and anonymizes them, then assembles the fragments into a three-act dialogue that is projected onto the installation space.

What results is an emergent narrative that reflects the new modes of online interaction unique to millennials – but also the timeless tropes, customs, dreams and anxieties experienced by every generation. Everything Is Going To Be OK :) was first presented in 2013 at the Underbelly Arts Festival on Cockatoo Island in Sydney, Australia.

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