The Imaginary Order, 2012 by Rachel de Joode
"Google home screen printed on foil and mounted on glass, with the name of the artist in the search bar.
This is a performace piece: a woman sits, hangs and presses herself against the glass plate and licks it. Her movements are weak, extremely slow and viscous like dough.
She moves without beginning, without end. She is in a soft state, pushing her mush against the plate which becomes a wall she cannot go through.
This piece is about a parallel, Google existence and the border between the physical and the imaginary. The internet offers the possibility of another kind of life, a non-physical, mechanical existence which resides separate from the body.
On the internet, there is an “ideal” self, a fictional self, that is not real. This parallel persona is reproduced and distributed in a place that we cannot see or grasp, and it lives and decays at a rate different than our physical selves. However, this alternate, Internet being is still a real thing, its thingness Google.”