The drift

Stevens, Grant William (2010) The drift. [Visual Artwork]


In this video, text floats on screen amidst a field of swirling coloured orbs and a stock music soundtrack. The text is sourced from Internet dating websites and combine into a single animated portrait charting an array of likes, dislikes, influences, beliefs and hobbies. This work examines the nature of consciousness and identity in a contemporary context. It reworks the languages of Internet dating websites to question how we construct and communicate our sense of self. Drawing on Zygmunt Bauman’s theoretical work on “liquid modernity”, this work presents an exaggerated take on contemporary identity that emphasizes its construction through consumer tastes, lifestyle choices and relationships with popular culture.

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29 since deposited on 10 May 2012
4 in the past twelve months

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ID Code: 50204
Item Type: Creative Work (Visual Artwork)
Refereed: No
Material: Digital Video
Measurements or Duration: 5:09 mins
Location: From date: To date:
Federation Square, Melbourne 2010
Keywords: art, video, dating, language, Internet
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) (190502)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Grant Stevens
Deposited On: 10 May 2012 22:44
Last Modified: 10 May 2012 22:44

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