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The act of being online was once an experiential journey, yet we’ve become acquainted with certain people, events, and phenomenons without an active pursuit of engagement. As popular culture continues to cannibalize itself at an increasing rate, what identities will future generations adopt that either repeat or distinguish itself from history?
The recycling and rebranding of existing styles and stories does not seek to imagine a past, present, or future unique to our children. The future generations we are scapegoating our longevity onto will grow up nostalgic for an era they’ve never been a part of. Now that the digital cradle of civilization has become saturated with a brazen sense of idolatry, iconization, and illusions of intimacy, who are our contemporary figures of worship? Where have we seen them before?
Technobaby Pantheon by Celebrities et al. explores the bourgeoning religiosity of celebrity culture in the age of the Internet, and seeks to examine the future of its shared sociocultural mythos. As queer third-culture kids, we share an impulse of reconstructing certain cycles while understanding they’re in perpetual motion. The technological-babies that excite us offer a simultaneous continuation and reclamation of history that has either been killed off or capitalized. Community is not necessarily a birthright or membership, but something we actively curate. These hooligans are nurtured by found family, on and offline.
So who is the future’s basic bitch? The future’s fan girl? The future’s favourite older sister? The future’s Mary Magdalene? The future’s Trickster? The future’s dyke?
And who do they follow?
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