Two years ago, Facebook released to the public its guidelines about what is forbidden to post, the “Community Standards”, with a section on “Violence and Criminal Behavior”. Violence relating to aggressivity and Facebook rules the idea of violence.
I found Facebook's rules related to the self-domestication hypothesis and the media, the Internet, that I used for my artwork. I created a tension between the media itself and a meta-vision of its rules.
I created a video that could be engaging for the Facebook audience (it is not so long, based on movements, and so on), but that included part of the text from the “Violence and Criminal Behavior” rules in itself. As you will see in the video, this text became part of my environment.
During my action, I played a sound based on synthetic voices of chimpanzees during a fight, again something between real and virtual. I worked on chimpanzees voices because chimpanzees are very close to us, but, at the same time, they are animals that could be aggressive. In the video, you can see and old “tile stove”. I pull out from the stove some ethernet cables, and you can see a light source. I liked to create a connection between the stove, as a source of energy, and the Internet that hosting Facebook. The Internet is a potential source of energy that needs to be discerned, under the light of critical thinking.
© VFMarrese, frame from the video by Vincenzo Fiore Marrese, Atelier Kattegat, Berlin, Germany