KR: The last film in your collection was Freya Björg Olafson’s “Brief Encounters & Sustained Engagement”. I think this is definitely a gallery piece, right?
EM: I’m not sure, I could definitely see it playing in a gallery where you can come in and out. But there’s a clear ending. It seems random and then at the end the last guy says, “Oh this is art — you win” and it ends.
KR: I never went on the website Chatroulette.
EM: I went on it a few times when it first came out. It’s a trip! I always thought, “How cool would it be to use this for something?”, but it never took off like Snapchat did.
EM: Chatroulette in theory is so amazing. The idea that you can chat with someone at random, anywhere in the world. But, of course, the majority of this turned into pornography or exhibitionism. When you go on there 8/10 of the people is a guy jerking off or getting ready to jerk-off.
KR: In the film is the video of a girl dancing prerecorded?
EM: Yeah, and the reactions seem to be affected by where in the video people join-in. I tried Chatroulette; sometimes you think something is real, and you realize they’ve hacked it and its not a real person. I’d skip that right away.
KR: Yeah, I wanted her to give the peace sign, I was kinda disappointed that it was pre-recorded, but it’s still fascinating.
EM: I think Olafson wanted it to be noticed that it was an artwork. How did they get releases for all of the people in this?
KR: Well I’ve wondered that for my work, and then I thought — how would they ever see it? And if they did see it, that would be really exciting! But yeah, especially the guy jerking off, he probably wouldn’t be very happy about being in this.
EM: I don’t think you see his face and absolutely, it is a form of exhibitionism. This film definitely reminded me of Chatroulette. I’d forgotten about it. I don’t think it’s been used to its potential in film.
KR: There was a film I saw at the Locarno Film Festival called, The Human Surge by Eduardo Williams. It’s about 5 gay boys experimenting with the app and chatting with people all over the world. Williams’ does it in a really cinematic way.
EM: That’s really cool, I’ll check out that movie!
KR: I really loved your choices, it was cool doing this!
EM: Yea, it’s fun talking about all these special movies.
"Chatroulette" in theory is so amazing. The idea that you can chat with someone at random, anywhere in the world. But, of course, the majority of this turned into pornography or exhibitionism.