Hello World or: How I Learned to Stop Listening and Love the Noise
(Maastricht / Boschstraat 30)
Hello World (2010) is made up of thousands of unique video diaries that Christopher Baker (1979) selected from the Internet. The piece is a reflection on the present-day ‘democratic’ media and the fundamental human desire to be heard. According to Baker, new platforms such as You Tube offer dazzling possibilities to showcase personal stories to a large audience. The sheer amount of images makes listening nearly impossible. This situation is magnified in this installation: each individual frame consists of a speaker that is candidly speaking from his or her private realm, in the public realm. The multichannel sound floods the viewers with a cacophony of confessions.
Another piece by Christopher Baker, the interactive installation Urban Echo is shown in Heerlen, Schunck*, Bongerd 18.