FOMO = DOMY curated by St’ART Promotion at the University of Luxembourg
Vernissage: 9th October 2018, 15:00 until 10th December 2018
University of Luxembourg, Campus Belval, MSA 2nd floor
St’ART Promotion is delighted to present the installation art project FOMO=DOMY signed collectively by four students enrolled at the University of Luxembourg, they are Joy Clees (Bachelor student, English Studies), Sachin Kumar Enganati (Ph.D., Materials Science), Shiwa Ghassabei (Bachelor student, Psychologie), and Anna Rebecca Unterholzner (Master student, Modern and Contemporary European Philosophy). The collaboration enabled an interdisciplinary and artistic conversation between these four talented students, consisting of a piano player, a film director, a poet and an illustrator.
The discussion from the collision of their thoughts forms the concept of this artistic practice. Titled FOMO=DOMY, the new St’ART project engages with one of the most widespread issues of today’s digital age, the ubiquitous and incessant use of digital devices and social media in almost all aspects of human activity. FOMO, the acronym for ‘fear of missing out’, is the social phenomenon associated with the anxiety of the continuous need to stay (online) connected to catch up on social media content. The acronym DOMY, ‘danger of missing yourself’, was invented for this installation. It points out the potential yet inevitable loss of the possibility of being present with oneself when one’s time is immersed in catching up on digital and nonphysical experiences that belong to others. In other words, DOMY is the very possible result of FOMO: the possibility of the discouraged and insufficient engagement in present social interactions.
The installation will open its door on the 9th October 2018 at 15.00, and is located on the second floor of the MSA building at Campus Belval of the University of Luxembourg. As an interactive exhibition project, it aims to confront visitors with their attitudes of disconnection, and to raise questions for self-reflection concerning the essence of digital social interactions and its common distorted understanding and overuse.
The exhibition will end on the 10th of December 2018.
Above all, no philosophy. Here again, we must use persuasion and not direct violence: we will massively broadcast, via television, entertainment always flattering the emotional or the instinctive. We will occupy the minds with what is futile and playful. It is good, in a chat and incessant music, to prevent the mind from thinking.
——Günther Anders, The Obsolescence of Man, 1956
Special thanks to Anouk Schiltz for her friendly advice in realising the installation; Anna-Liisa Donatella for the audio recording; Thanks to National Museum of Résistance(Esch-sur-Alzette) and Conservatoire de Luxembourg for their support.