A large installation that features more than 5000 video diaries from the internet explore the features of participatory media and how it has evolved into its contemporary form.
Chicago-based artist Christopher Baker created the installation “Hello World! Or: How I learned to stop listening and love the noise”. He explains that the project is a “meditation on the contemporary plight of democratic, participative media and the fundamental human desire to be heard”.
The installation, which is currently on show at the Saatchi Gallery in London, features a personal video collection that was taken from self-produced online video archives, such as YouTube.
Each of the 5000 videos feature an individual speaking candidly from a private space, like a kitchen, bedroom or dorm room, to what might potentially be a massive audience. The multi-channel installation offers the viewer the opportunity to focus on a single video diary monologue, or to immerse themselves in the rumble of thousands of video diaries on display.