The ‘having’ of a self is being
the other to one’s self,
calling upon it with the words of others.
-Stanley Cavell, Philosophical Passages
This video installation consists of recorded skype conversations with the artist’s friends, each channel displays a different person having an intimate conversation with the viewer in a living room setting.
Camus’s figure in The Stranger, fills in an anonymous, stripped-down space lacking the sort of intimate contact with others on which mutual human intelligibility is grounded. He lives out a death of God but, as importantly, a death of care for the others, and so appears estranged from them and is a stranger to himself. Along several vectors of a modern life, lost intimacy comes to seem the painful condition that post-Enlightenment individuals and societies struggle to negotiate by whatever means.