Jobless Avatars (The Real Curriculum), 2014
Production: Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana for Transmediale 2014 – Afterglow, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
Avatars just like people get jobless too, many of these speaking characters, virtual representatives and our alter egos are patiently waiting for someone to employ them, waiting until they either get a job or get outdated and trashed.
I took few of these text to speech avatars and used them to tell the truth behind searching for a job, the truth behind the job applications. What do we do when applying for a job? We tell little lies about ourselves to fit in to the high requirements of the applications. We usually say all the best we can think about ourselves to get it. Our job applications are a sort of lying interfaces.
Our virtual identities can provide us with the safety where we can tell lies, but also the truth. And these avatars are telling it. They are telling the real curriculums. Admitting that we are also lazy, not cooperative, inpatient, intolerant, have mental, alcoholic and drug problems, are badly educated and that we hate authorities.
People are just like technology replaceable. People get replaced with youngsters and technology gets replaced with a new versions and new technological paradigms.