De-narration is “the process whereby one’s life stops feeling like a story” or a form of losing one’s individuality in favor of the collective. The artists have responded to this phenomenon through a variety of media including photography, sculpture, and virtual reality.
There is no narrative: ramen noodles scatter barren wastelands, an animated rock haphazardly moves around the gallery, flowers decay in virtual space, and stock photo models dissolve into the ether. As networks proliferate, our constructed systems of self must adapt. Are we able to accept increasingly banal forms of identification? Or will we cling onto the last shred of ourselves, making small, but meaningful attempts to preserve individuality in the wake of globalization and the information age?
Will we ever be able to accept obsolescence?