1987 , FIN
KUVA Helsinki

Otto Byström

The audiovisual piece Just Life by Otto Byström references possible dystopian scenarios for the near future. His unsettling account of the impact of the accelerating rate of technological progress on society as well as on the individual is presented through the voiceover of a robotic female voice, with the narration composed and recycled from a multitude of sources – books and articles as well as personal conversations. The syrupy pink background featuring an animation of drops running down a glass pane, through which we can see a girl with headphones in a sci-fi landscape, evokes almost hypnotic sensations, heightened by the childish piano accompaniment, which sometimes verges into electro music. The speed of these developments and their constant sense of change result in people languishing in a state of hibernation, resignation and depression.