Dinner for Two
Dinner for Two is a large-scale installation of a hyperbolically long dining table set for a formal supper. Seated at either end of the table are two diners, represented by vertical tablet screens that seemingly hover above their respective chairs. The scene is set for a romantic dinner date. However, rather than the chatter of conversation, the installation’s audio plays only the notification sounds of two smartphones. The diners spend most of their time gazing downward. Dinner for Two speaks to both the alienation of smartphones and the new form of connection fostered by the internet. Internet culture is no longer a novel historical phenomenon; rather, the ubiquitous nature of its modes of transmission constitute the foundations of new creative thought.