MTO – Los Angeles BLACK MIRROR
French artist MTO was recently in Los Angeles, California, to perform a new “Tagtical Media” experiment in West Hollywood city (and surely, this is the best place to suit the project), ironically called “Los Angeles BLACK MIRROR: The story of the smart phone who decided to become a vandal”.
Inspired by the “Black Mirror” British television anthology series, the artist creates a reflection of contemporary society and exposes the absurd human behavior in the context of a rising dependency on technology to shape our reality, when in fact we no longer live a real life. The project highlights the futility, the narcissism and egocentrism, the hypocrisy, the false rebellion, the alteration of relationships, the absence of emotions and empathy that define our actions and words today. It is a reminder that we may lose things and people more valuable to us than a simple gadget, which does not make us smarter but more ignorant and blind to one another.
There is also a strange switch in roles, with the smartphone imitating the graffiti core language, through tagging, taking control of the streets, moving from digital to the offline and making its own references to show off by acting as a vandal. Sadly, although humorous as execution through the smartphone perspective and chosen titles, each tag (real and not #tag, a graffiti intervention and not a pretty wall on the tiny touchscreen) reveals the paradox of a world lacking meaningfulness, yet constantly feeding the ego and generating false needs to please us and make us comfortable, supreme, fearless to dare fuck the system on social media, to like and share as our sole means of expression and communication.
All images © MTO. View full series.