Chat Club –
Performed for the 20th Biennale of Sydney Public Program, 2016
In 2016, I initiated Chat Club - a secret Facebook group made up of 53 people suggested to me by Facebook.
Each week throughout the year, I posted in the group a time to chat, and then added whoever liked the post, into a conversation.
During the year-long project, we developed a unique syntactical rhythm and awareness of the online chat as a form for non-linear, polyphonic conversation. But mostly we just chatted about whatever we were thinking about that week: a collective exploration of the flat, porous nature of millennial conversation.
Chat Club Episode 21 recreated the 21st group chat as a live performance, devised with the group meeting in real life and each chat participant performing their own part.
Excerpt from the first Chat Club chat, 2016
What can everyone see in their FB feed right now, the top post?
guardian - Is this a smashed table I see before me? Must have been "quite a party", says Penny Wong http://gu.com/p/4ddc5/au
Officials are being grilled about a marble table that was smashed in the prime ministerial suite during Tony Abbott’s farewell party.
A new Ipsos poll puts the Coalition ahead of Labor at 53-47 on a two party preferred basis as the former senate leader, Eric Abetz, unleashes on the Canberra press gallery. Parliament sits and senate estimates hearings will get underway. All the developments from Canberra, live
Mine is a picture of a snake swimming in a pond of lillies...
also western culture is very centred around individual success and expression whereas the same isn't so true for places like china where you are part of a bigger culture which you are pulling your weight in. I mean this is all changing and not totally correct but generally i think maybe mediocrity wouldn't necessarily be the thing but just more collaborative success, and would be a cultural thing
my top post is a lasagne recipe from the new york times
maybe we already are mediocre ?
I've got Facebook Newsfeed Eradicator so I can't tell you what my top post is....
what is that!
i'll google it
Why do u wanna eradicate your newsfeed?
That's it. Sometimes I log in and my newsfeed is filled by a quote: "This is your life and it's ending one minute at a time"
i love my newsfeed!
it's like reading a personalised newspaper!
I can access it in other ways, or through other Google accounts, but I'd prefer not to have it available on my work-related account cause i compulsively hit 'ctrl+t f' and all of a sudden IM TRAPPED
That should be a tshirt Peter
but then how will you know about your friends complaining about public transport
or about your friends muscles
or about hipster grandmas with spray cans
or about the 2015 spring cactus and succulent show
Good news always finds me, sooner or later.
IS THIS YOUR ENTIRE NEWSFEED YOURE TELLING ME?
wow ash, calm down
You'd be so disconnected from very important things
hey this just went down my newsfeed
Or cute videos of small animals doing adorable things
seems people have been bored and anxious longer than us
of course I can be mediocre! Who can't. The only thing is that it would be kind of unfair to people who have shared their stories for it. ANother thing is whether we actually actually choose whether or not to be mediocre, sometimes what you produce just is!
sorry for the late reply! SOmeone came to chat to me and i couldnt get rid of them
ok so my top news feed item is https://www.facebook.com/the.Benjamin7/posts/10153661676088516 so maybe it's not all good
lol what did you chat about outsidde chat club?
it shouldnt be funny but it is