The Perfect Love: #couplegoals
2020 – Video, loop – duration 63 minutes 45 seconds
Kyriaki Goni’s work explores the relationship between technology and society, investigating the power of information, the construction of the digital self, human-machine interaction and alternative digital networks. The Perfect Love: #couplegoals looks at the ways love and affection are expressed online, specifically on Instagram. This new video is composed of images the artist scraped from Instagram using an algorithm that searched for the hashtag #couplegoals, as well as ‘likes’ and captions. As viewers we become voyeurs observing couples who voluntarily relinquish their privacy – we can see their selfies and read their intimate messages declaring their love and devotion. The work unfolds as an incessant flow of images of couples, commenting on our everyday use of social media – observing the lives of others online has become addictive for some of us. Accompanying the visuals is an extended narrative voiceover based on the captions, which form an autonomous ‘script’ and provide a detailed insight into a global phenomenon that feeds on followers and likes.
Kyriaki Goni― Artist
Kyriaki Goni is an artist born and based in Athens. Working across disciplines and technologies, she creates expanded, multi-layered installations. She connects the local with the global by critically examining questions of surveillance, distributed networks and infrastructures, ecosystems, as well as human and other than human relations. Her work has been presented in solo and group shows at Aksioma (SI), The Onassis Foundation (US), Transmediale (DE), Trondheim Biennial (NO), Glass Room (US) and Melbourne Triennial (AU), among others. She is a Delfina Foundation alumna (2019) and an Artworks fellow (2018). She writes (Leonardo MIT; 49:4, Neural #65 etc.) and teaches frequently as part of her practice. With prior graduate studies in Fine Arts, Goni also holds an MA in Digital Arts and an MSc in Cultural Anthropology.