The Smallest Gallery in Soho presents ‘Everything & Nothing’
This interactive piece, by London based visual artist James Burke, uses social media as a key component of the performance; a compressor sits on a plinth with an un-inflated balloon attached, within an exhibition space.
An image of the piece is then posted on Instagram at the start of the show. Each time it gets a ‘like’ on Instagram, the compressor will add a puff of air to the balloon. The balloon becomes increasingly inflated and the viewer is able to see themselves in the shiny orange foil balloon reflection, until it receives too much air and bursts under the pressure.
For the duration of the show the carcass of the balloon lies lifeless inside the case, as a reminder to all that whilst our addiction to social media may feel good, too much of it can destroy us.
Up until June 2019 at 62 Dean Street, London, W1D 4QF!