Still Life (Betamale)
Jon Rafman (US 2013, US, 4:56 mins)
A non-linear portrait of a new kind of digital underground man, whose affective environment consists of violent video – games, arguments on message boards, and erotic fixations on avatars.
In his video films and installations, Canadian artist Jon Rafman (1981, Montreal) explores the social effects of digital media. The artist is fascinated by how the boundless possibilities of the Internet and virtual platforms affect and redefine our behaviour, social life, and even personal identity. In his work he oscillates between wit, melancholy and alienation. Rafman is regarded as one of the leading artists of the digital age, and has a huge online following.