Bob Bicknell-Knight’s State of Affairs compiles footage from the YouTube channel News Direct, in which daily news stories, from self-driving buses to social media bots, are transcribed into 3D rendered animations. Non-linear in presentation, the re-appropriated video work illustrates current and future modes of technological interface, from facial recognition software to drone surveillance. Executed in a dated Y2K aesthetic, the work is dystopic and utopic all at once. Akin to the unconscious rituals implemented while existing on the internet, opening tab after tab, clickbait after clickbait, State of Affairs mirrors the inconclusive narrative of our digital lives. The visual content is accompanied by a soothing, melodic soundtrack and augmented voiceover, forewarning of the future of gamified spaces and digital death.

 

State of Affairs, 2018 - 19
HD video with sound

25 min 49 sec

Commissioned by Daata Editions

Available to purchase online on Daata Editions here.

 

State of Affairs, 2018 - 19
Film still

 

State of Affairs, 2018 - 19
Film still

 

State of Affairs, 2018 - 19


Clips from State of Affairs in Times Square, New York, as part of a Daata Editions trailer for Daata TV.

 

State of Affairs, 2018 - 19


Clips from State of Affairs in Times Square, New York, as part of a Daata Editions trailer for Daata TV.

 

State of Affairs, 2018 - 19


Clips from State of Affairs in Times Square, New York, as part of a Daata Editions trailer for Daata TV.

State of Affairs, 2018 - 19
HD video with sound

25 min 49 sec

Commissioned by Daata Editions