People Eaters

It is no longer a question of a false representation of reality, but of concealing the fact that the real is no longer real.

-Jean Baudrillard

 

Just as Jurassic Park is not a film about dinosaurs, People Eaters is not a work of art about cannibalism – at least not in terms of people eating people.

People Eaters is work of art located on Instagram. It consists of a feed full of images that have been digitally manipulated to varying degrees. The images speak to topics that include ecological disaster, politics, consumerism and art.

Whilst some of the images (pre-manipulation) were posted by the sources credited others were never posted by the source at all.

The images have been tweaked to ensure that the edits aren’t clearly visible. But it is the repost badge which is applied to the images that provides a final seal of authenticity. That they’re then entangled in a vast torrent of online visual information, of images and signs that are themselves varying degrees of ‘real’ and ‘unreal’, helps complete the subterfuge.

It’s worth remembering that Anne Diamond observed in 1995; “the real problem with the internet is that everything written on it is true”.

 


You can find the People Eaters project on Instagram here @People_Eaters