Everything and Nothing

Oct 2018

Last Thursday saw the opening of Moniker Art Fair 2018 at the Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane. Exhibiting as part of Uncensored room, curated in partnership with Urban Nation Museum, our Founder and Director James Burke premiered his brand new interactive artwork, Everything and Nothing.

Everything and Nothing, an exploration into the highs and lows of our relationship with social media, questions the effects of our new-found addiction to the brief euphoria that we experience on a daily basis via online gratification. Has our sense of value and worth become intrinsically linked to other people’s validations in endless machine-driven feedback loops?

This piece uses social media as a key component of the performance; a compressor sits on a plinth with an un-inflated balloon attached, within an exhibition space. An image of the piece is then posted on instagram, and each time it gets ‘liked’ the compressor adds a puff of air to the balloon. The balloon becomes increasingly inflated and the viewer is able to see themselves in the shiny orange foil balloon reflection, until it receives too much air and bursts under the pressure. For the duration of the show, the carcass of the balloon lies lifeless inside the case, as reminder to all that whilst our addiction to social media may feel good, too much of it can destroy us.

James will be unveiling a huge public artwork in Shoreditch next month. Check out more of his work on his website and insta.