Dinner for Two
A long stretched out, white cloth-draped table at which husband and wife sit at opposite ends is a trope of wealth and marital distance. The couple at this dinner table is represented by videos of their faces on LCD panels that are attached to their empty chairs at head height. Sounds of messages arriving and whooshing off into the Internet stratosphere also cue the probability that these two are ignoring one another in actual time and space by tweeting their friends. They are as isolated as the Beauty Queen in her quest for perfection, or Narcissus in his self-love. Beauty, perfection, isolation in this dystopian vision have become synonymous.