HALF SOCIAL EXPERIMENT, HALF EXPLORATORY COMMUNICATION MODEL.
Streaming Consciousness is a digital culture experiment displayed through an interactive visual experience in creative partnership with Twomuch Studio + Nathalie de Valliere. Half social experiment, half exploratory communication model, Streaming Consciousness presents a time capsule of the innermost thoughts of young people in a digitally-driven world.
Over December 2018 and January 2019, 47 young people located globally volunteered to share their ‘streaming’ thoughts in a private Slack group, anonymously and without the discourse of likes, favourites or replies. Participants shared confessions, desires, hopes, successes, dreams, existentialism and realisations, inverting their inner monologues in an experience that was both deeply personal, and collaborative.
EXPLORE THE PROJECT
Streaming Consciousness was inspired by mindfulness techniques which encourage free-flowing thoughts. We wanted to trial an alternative communication style that encouraged this, where sharing our throughs wasn’t centralised in maintaining social identity or encouraging reactions.
We think there’s danger in normalising how digital communication has evolved — it’s too powerful a driver of identity and society. We need to leave the space for reimagination.