Our digital age and the imagery it develops is a constant inspiration in Steven Michel’s artistic practice and research. Rather than looking at the Internet as an alienating and isolating medium, he is interested in the symbolic, poetic and collective consciousness it creates.
In his upcoming research, Steven wants to organize a two-week long laboratory, with a constellation of artists coming from different disciplines. He wants to open up a space for lectures, experiments, improvisations and online searches around the theme of digital anthropology. The quest is to apprehend the Internet age as a potential myth for the future. To collectively develop archetypes for our contemporary world and to find correlatives and recurrent motives from ancient myths and ideologies. To imagine archaeologists in the future finding relics and archives from our contemporary world, trying to decipher their origin, their meaning, their function. To create rituals, alternative traditions and collective imagery.
What are the actual traces we leave out of a virtual experience? What future excavations are we preparing, and what do we want the future to inherit from us?