A small but powerful object, the passport is one of the most important documents that may come within our possession. Beyond a travel document, today it is a highly-prized and widely discussed commodity that possesses the power to shape one’s experience of the world by conferring and withholding, obstructing and facilitating.
Gift-A-Passport is a artwork that explores our easy relationship with technology – specifically how technology and social media have changed our consumption practices, and how technology accentuates the duality of the passport as both a physical object or commodity, and an experiential product that transcends its materiality, conferring on its holder intangible experiences such as associated identity, social inclusion (or exclusion) and global mobility (or lack thereof) while questioning.
Window shopping, online
Video Art Short of fictitious website created using code pilfered from popular shopping websites, Run time: 1 mins 14 sec
Window shopping, online is a commentary on the epidemic of counterfeit passport trade, commodification of passports, how technology has changed our shopping habits. Viewers are invited to accompany a stranger as she browses an imaginary shopping website, ‘Gift-A-Passport’, offering bespoke passports.
Visual Art, 4.1 x 5.8 in double-sided Augmented Reality (AR) card that allows viewer to view Window Shopping Online
Lucky Draw is a participatory visual art piece that explores the rise of social media channels such as Instagram, Facebook to becoming mainstream mediums for marketing businesses. Audience art invited to engage with imaginary shopping website, ‘Gift-A-Passport’, participating via entering sweepstakes, by writing on postcards, photographing and posting them on social media, for a chance to win a bespoke passport of their choice for themselves or someone else. Following the conclusion of the giveaway (31st Jan 2019), a new work will be created as part of the performance, and gifted to the winner.
This work is powered by Augmented Reality.
Use Lucky Draw to view Window Shopping, Online by following these 3 easy steps:
Window Shopping, Online here. Note: You can also view Window Shopping, Online here.