Review by Korey Brennan
It’s incredibly unfortunate when you’re looking forward to something, only for it to not quite live up to your expectations. It’s like when a friend tells you that a movie is “life changing”, and you watch all the trailers, make plans to see it, and then feel let down that the result is not quite what you had imagined it to be. Click Cafe is in this category I am afraid. Upon reading about this show designed for each individual person, utterly unique in each iteration, which addresses societies changing pace with technology and the online personas we create, I was hooked. After booking in, I received an email asking me to list the apps I use and to give my phone number. I was then informed that my “first location” was to be the Institute of Modern Art.
Entering the building five minutes prior, I immediately received a text message informing me the performance would start soon and if I was ready. I became so excited, thinking that perhaps the person was watching me, that I was being stalked in relation to my online profile. I had all these crazy ideas of how the performance would play out, and none of these were fulfilled. I created my online persona, and spoke to “Owl Lady” for an hour. She gave me tasks, like taking pictures and posting them to Instagram, following someone and creating a false name and purpose for them, and then finally, talking about ourselves. Owl Lady then asked me questions pertaining to my perception of internet culture, and if I had ever thought of meeting someone I know online in real life. I expressed my comfort in this, and my experience in doing so. I still thought at this point that I might meet this enigma, and that the performances conclusion was the amalgamation of the online and real worlds. This however, was not the case.
After taking a final Instagram picture, I was told that was the conclusion. This left me wanting so much more, and questioning why I had to leave my house at all. While I enjoyed this whole experience, I wished there had been more interaction or tasks. After asking about all these apps I use, I found myself only using text messenger and Instagram. Ultimately, I appreciate the performance art for what it might open for others, but for someone used to talking to people online, as many people are these days, it’s not as progressive as I imagined it would be. I would be incredibly interested to see if this could be refined and dramaturged into a more concise artistic formula, which might reveal more about contemporary society. I believe it to be incredibly different to anything else I’ve seen in an arts setting, and would encourage everyone to see it, but only if you can plan a day around it.
Click Cafe runs for the following dates at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm and 7pm on the 21st of May
Tickets are available from the following link: http://anywherefest.com/event/click-cafe/2016-05-05/