Christopher Baker, Hello World! or, How I Learned to Stop Listening and Love the Noise, installation at Krannert Art Museum, 2013.
On View
Aug 30, 2013–Jan 5, 2014
Main Level, Contemporary Gallery

The work examines how media tools like YouTube provide a democratic and participatory platform that is accessible and yet, unsuccessful at emotionally connecting with the public. HELLO WORLD! draws our attention to how social media has become a tool for exchanging information and ideas; however, there are also limits to what can be experienced through these web-based technologies.

Sponsored in part by IllinoisArts Council, a state agency and Krannert Art Museum

This project is an installation comprised of thousands of unique video diaries gathered from the Internet by the artist Christopher Baker whose works engage technology and its influence on our daily lives. 

In this work, each video diary consists of individuals speaking candidly to an imagined audience about their intimate experiences. The installation is arranged in a rectangular grid with 5,000 faces all speaking. It produces a singular abstract image with a multi-channel sound shifting between individuals and groups to create an immersive sound scape. 


Curator: Tumelo Mosaka, curator of contemporary art