Chatroulette‘s ability to instantly connect random strangers via live streaming has been a boon to both improv-ing pianists and perverts. Artist duo Eva and Franco Mattes decided to use it for a performance art piece that proves to be extremely disturbing.
This 10-minute video, entitled No Fun, depicts a Chatroulette window with the active user screen showing a scene set up to resemble a suicide, with a hanging man swinging gently in the corner of a room in disarray. Chatroulette users are then seen reacting to the scene — their reactions ranging from horror to ridicule. [Warning: This video contains graphic imagery.]
While No Fun, according to the Mattes on their Vimeo page, was banned from YouTube, it’s possible that it was banned for the same reason Merton’s first Chatroulette piano improv video was — they did not have permission to use the images of those who were chatting. I’ve reached out to the Mattes for comment via Facebook — unfortunately their site 0100101110101101.org appears to be down currently.
No one actually died to make this video — the body pictured, according to Mercedes Bunz, is Franco Mattes’s. However, this piece does invoke memories of the 2008 suicide of Justin.tv user Abraham K. Biggs, who was taunted by users as he overdosed on camera. t also inspires worries about when this might happen, but for real.
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