When value and meaning are de-materialized, reality is abstracted to an endless flow of fragmentary images and symbols. A satirical post-modern irony and sadness, real-life politics and terror blend with consumer- and network culture. In the realm of feeling world forelorn, putting emphasis on the psychology of a generation
that turns towards models of violence as their dernier ressort to protest and self-identification, the project points to commonalities between an “us” and a “them”.
Within the context of Generation- Y, “Radical Youth” is based on research on the right wing “Nipster” scene, the wave of European Jihadi youth and the phenomenon of rampage shooters. The video work creates an intimate space for telling fictional stories between the viewer as hostage and the confronting character. A black box, illuminating the violent depths that we inhabit — “strangely polished surfaces that intersect with blood, sand, clutter, Twitter and Melatonin.”
(Rachel Rose O ‘ Leary)
MA Graduation work
Sandberg Institute Amsterdam
Design Department 2017
Video performance 25 Min.
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