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.
“yOUNg HEARtS bREAk EASY”
– 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.