Directors: Julia Meltzer, Amanda Ramos
USA, 2000, 3', color
English with Turkish subtitles
(chatlandia) uses the public bathroom stall as format and metaphor for Internet relay chat lines (IRCs). The video's soundtrack is composed from transcripts of actual IRC sessions; the conversations emerging from this institutional facade speak of lust, intimacy, spunky women, and "what Desiree wants," calling into question the division between humans and machines. In (chatlandia) the larger theme of how the 'net functions as social space is explored and encourages the viewer to ask: Is the Information Age actually bringing us closer together or pushing us farther apart? Is the way we interact physically being transformed by our virtual interactions? Can we be intimate through the plastic interface of the computer and how does the Internet feed this need?
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