Contemporary art

Saatchi's sea of video diarists


Christopher Baker's Hello World!

Christopher Baker's eye-busting, multi-channel installation Hello World! (2008) is making waves in the pop-up space set up by collector Charles Saatchi near his gallery off London's King's Road. Surprisingly, this is Saatchi's first ever screening for film and video and what better way to make a splash than with an ocean of video diaries gathered from the internet? Baker downloaded around 30,000 videos of individuals speaking to imagined audiences from their own private spaces (dubious kitchens and bedrooms no doubt loom large). With so many faces on view though, aren't we prone to spotting people we think we know?

"I have often momentarily thought that I recognized someone, only to discover that I did not know the person. Many people have had this same experience. I think we are always looking for a familiar face in the crowd," quips Baker.

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