Performance at the NeMe Arts Centre questioning the way Facebook perceives us in contrast to how we perceive ourselves. The initial concept derives from Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel ‘Alice’s adventures in Wonderland’ and particularly the quote “I can’t explain myself, because I’m not myself. You see?”
On one hand, the character is unaware of all Facebook's dangers including misinformation, mistruth, user’s data misuse as well as the inability to see the world from a well-rounded point of view. On the other, the character is so busy building her 'online self,' where a perceived sense of perfectionism is created or ruined after a constant struggle with social acceptance. This extreme vulnerability and insecurity will eventually lead her to the deconstruction of her 'core self.’
Is ‘who I think I am’ different from ‘who I am’? Is ‘what I think is real’ different from ‘what is real’? Could the reality of things ever be totally true, knowing that we only know what we are aware of?
This performance was part of State Machines.
Concept & performance: Maria Alexandrou
Sound design & vocals: Androula Kafa
Video editing: Melissa Zanga
More information can be found on neme.org/projects/state-machines/self-as-actor