#ADULTING (Hashtag Adulting) is a site-specific interactive installation art that creates a virtual world in a real space for audiences to experience one of the most popular hashtags of this time, #adulting. It projects real-time and collected contents from social media that are determined by the hashtag.
The hashtag system, a phenomena of social media invention, is not only used to categorize pictures but, nowadays reflects how people of this digital generation organize their contents, express feelings, and interact with the public. This particular hashtag– adulting– which is another creativity from people of the social media, shows the concord of how people, especially generation Y (Millennials) and Z, see their adulthood, life philosophies, and how they actually live their lives. “Adult” as a noun we used to know has a new form as a verb that has many meanings to cogitate from outmost shell to kernel. Since this subject is broad enough for interpretation, every platforms of the social media has their users produce contents relate to it. We can see these through their seriousness, crows, jokes, sarcasms, irrelevant contents, and making-up posts of some daily routines or ordinary life tasks to sounds so special if any parts of those relate to a thing called “responsibility”.
The digital world has echoed an interesting point of how people now live, learn, and ages different from older generations. As a social media user (and one of young people in this topic if you are under 30) you will face the chaotic and the miscellaneous tasks to complete in your life as you are growing up. There is no absolutely right and wrong way to walk through, but some of your friends might find some shortcuts which you also may want to know. There will be several doors for you to open and options for you to select in every corners of your life from making a grocery list to moving in with your partner. The process of learning to be an adult in this new world is confusing. People from different places and sources will try to tell you what to do but there is only you who can control your life.
At first glance, the room fills with dark and only the play house is in the middle. There are colorful lines of arrows down on the floor pointing inside the house. No sign guilds the audiences what to do. This leaves the room with suspiciousness, giving space to those who take their curiosity up right and explore the almost emptiness with confidence.
Upon entering the house, the darkness is vanished by the massive social media contents in the form of graphic that mimics a play house’ window shapes. At every single moment, the contents include a video form YouTube, a text from Twitter, an image from Tumblr or Instagram depends on the selection of the one who’s in the house, and a gif sticker that floats around from Giphy.
The viewer in the house’s now the social media user, and the rest of us is like observer in the space of Internet data. We perceive information that the user select and we interact with it directly or indirectly. Some may try to fit-it the house together. Some may comment and state their opinion on things. But, the chaos of the interaction is also a deal. No ones know how to control things like, no ones know exactly how and when they can determine themselves as an adult in the present time of this modern society. There are tons of conditions and tasks to be completed as we are growing up here. From small things like, organizing refrigerator to keeping track of bills or, building up your credit scores. Complaining about your everyday life routines is also a part of it. Because everyone does grocery shopping, and laundry; thus, it’s good to share on social media platform if you do too so your connections know you are an adult. Maybe, this is why we need them… the social media guru… to tell us how to be an adult. Things are not that simple anymore… or may be it has never been and will never be.
#Adulting is the moment of perceiving and experiencing a juxtaposition of digital media and real life on adulthood perspective. While someone in the house is learning, we see how they chooses things and decorates their live. People can join the conversation by posting pictures or tweeting with #adulting on the chosen platforms that present in the installation. Their posts will eventually show up and become part of this world.
…And, once the user leaves the place, everything is shut. Presented data are void. Everyone is hanging in this waiting room for the new brave adult to come.
USER INTERFACE AND FUNCTIONS
The user interface is customized from toys and functions as a social media controller.
- Scroll through Twitter’s #Adulting, which is refresh every 1 minutes.
- Scroll though Tumblr’s #Adulting pictures.
- Switch between photo catalogs of Tumblrs and Instagram.
- Scroll though Instagram’s #Adulting pictures.
- Play and pause a YouTube video in a playlist.
- Select ton Gif sticker realated to #Adulting from the storage of Giphy.
- Freely Stamp Gif sticker all over the place including on a play house and floor.
- Chang the music of the installation
- Play and pause the music
- Play flashing colorful light and glitching tweets in the whole environment.
NO instruction is given to the participants at the actual space. Exploration is part of becoming an adult. 😉