I am standing inside a closed transparent box, which has a petrol generator, a computer and a floodlight inside. The petrol generator powers the computer and the floodlight. I breathe through a gasmask with a tube connected to the outside air. I use the computer to send Twitter messages. The Tweets are projected onto a screen next to the box. When the box has filled with exhaust and the oxygen has run out, the generator switches off. As a result, the computer crashes and the performance ends.
Digital social networking is often considered a disembodied activity that plays an important role in practices of self-commodification and micro-celebrity (see for example: Alice E. Marwick and danah boyd (2010), “I tweet honestly, I tweet passionately: Twitter users, context collapse, and the imagined audience,” New Media & Society, 13(1) 114—133). “Biotope” seeks to reposition these phenomena in a radical material environment: whilst vainly displaying myself like a toy in a plastic box, I vanish in the smoke of my own carbon footprint.
Duration: seven minutes