Artists Chris Sav and Louiza Hamidi go on their first date. Although sitting face to face, the couple only communicate with one another through Facebook. Unlike the surrounding diners, who may also be using portable internet devices, Chris and Louiza sit in complete silence.
Primarily exploring how our obsession with social media may affect social etiquette, the couple disrupt direct human interaction and replace it with digital language. They test their audience to see if their quite awkward behaviour goes unnoticed or not. Perhaps they grab the attention of other guests who are confused by their apparent absence of communication. Or perhaps they just blend into a room of ‘multi-taskers’ who see nothing unusual about their behaviour… Are we in the midst of developing a new kind of etiquette, whereby to be polite we must sufficiently coordinate chatter with the individuals around us whilst simultaneously updating a greater audience through devices?
Chris and Louiza are interested in whether the interference of online conversation relieves social anxiety. Often, scrolling through monotonous posts on newsfeeds is a good distraction from uncomfortable situations, making us feel less present in that moment. Hoping to investigate this, the couple enter environments in the role of a date - a situation where apprehension is usually accelerated.
Whilst humorously unpacking these interests, the pair of artists also explore the nature of performance and how the notion of going on a ‘date’ itself perhaps ignites performative behaviour.
Date 1: #spiltmysoymilk
It’s Valentine’s Day. We enjoy coffee for two, smoothie for one and a light lunch.