Chicago-based artist Christopher Baker’s work is fundamentally concerned with the complex relationship between society and its technologies. Originally trained as a computer scientist, Baker is inspired by the interconnectivities – visible and invisible – present in the 21st-century urban landscape and the practical implications of our increasingly networked lifestyles.
Hello World! focuses on the mobilisation of individuals to voice their opinions and experiences to an audience across the globe in a large-scale audio visual installation comprised of thousands of video diaries gathered from the internet. Each of the 5,000 videos that make up the installation features a single individual speaking candidly to a prospective audience from a private, domestic space such as a bedroom or a kitchen. The multi-channel sound composition glides between individuals and the group, allowing viewers to listen in on individual speakers or become immersed in the overall cacophony, where the private and public collide.