Mouchette, Museum of Contemporary Art, Siegen
To be or not to be Mouchette
Me, Mouchette, the online virtual character, I have an unusual status of existence. Regarding the art of my website (www.mouchette.org) I am the author and the creation at the same time, and yet through my remote internet life I remain invisible, anonymous, genderless, untouchable, neither alive or dead. Therefore participants of my interactive website confide in me in the most intimate way, as if were an imaginary being, living in their own head. Inside their own thoughts, no subject is taboo, fear, pain, life and death or even the temptation of suicide, and with me people feel free to talk about everything.
With the reactions of the participants to my website I have composed animation films displaying many of the texts I received, spoken out by pixellated characters who tell their most private thoughts. One of these animations films takes place in a court room where people express their attraction for suicide and cry out for help. Another scene takes place in an underground tunnel, a real sewer or a staged one where people come forward one by one telling their experience of surviving suicide, their own or someone else’s.
My personality embraces all of my participant’s minds and together we form a collective consciousness pondering over questions of life and death in the digital era. And like in the famous Hamlet monologue, to be or not to be Mouchette, that is the question!
Mouchette is a 13 year old artist and exists only on the Internet.
testinstallation auf dem infodisplay des museums für gegenwartskunst siegen. © Jose Nuno Pereira
»Immortelle«, 2007, screenshot © Mouchette