Interesting review by Luke Munn of ‘On / Off Moments’ exhibition at Grimmuseum, Berlin - which included the ‘Controlling_Connectivity_13’ installation.
From the review:
"Software apps and dialogue boxes cascade over each other: a barrage of Skype calls and Google chats, Facebook messages, Second Life vid captures, tweets and emails. Like Chris Burden’s 1972 performance Bed Piece, in which he refused to leave the mattress for 21 days, transforming sleep into something far more asocial than ameliorative, Louw extrapolates media submersion into a drowning, relying on it completely for human contact (6). The largest monitor presents a time-lapsed, accelerated video record of Louw herself during the residency, waking and sleeping, typing and chatting. If the knots of HDMI cables and powerstrips in the installation emphasise internet as physical entity, this long-duration ‘selfie’ highlights the internet’s tangible physical and psychological impact on the body itself. Louw’s dematerialised identities replicate tirelessly across social networks, remaining vigilant through the night while her pale skin, lit by a laptop screen, huddles beneath a blanket in an empty gallery. For the mediated, every moment must be on.”