The End of the World at Swiss Cottage Gallery
The End of the World (2017) is a video projection enclosing the viewer in a planetarium style view of the solar system. The accompanying audio monologue intertwines examples of end times, examining its differing cultural forms.
The narrator touches on macro ideas effecting nations such as genocide and climate change and also more personal, intimate moments of loss and grief. A section of the film appropriates chat-room text from users of Asheron’s Call, a multi-player online role-playing game, whose servers where recently shut down after 17 years of collective game play. The users gathered to communally experience the end of their world, publicly narrating their emotions. The virtual and visceral combine to create a monument to lost times and lost lives.
Works in this exhibition were made with the generous support of Arts Council England.