Dear Mr Zuckerberg, 2020
For two years, the artist has been corresponding with Mark Zuckerberg. Posting messages on his own instagram account (@jeremyhutchison), his letters to the tech billionaire cover everything from geo-politics to climate change, data privacy to Facebook’s trial in US congress. Some letters chart more personal territory, keeping the tycoon abreast of domestic trivia and absurd reflections from the bathtub.
For this chapter of the ongoing project, the artist transforms his correspondence into a music video - starring Mark Zuckerberg. The work is a syth-pop anthem, performed by dozens of animated maquettes of the singing tycoon. He describes this work as an absurdist monument to the Silicon Valley oligarch: “At a moment when monuments of white imperialists are being torn down” the artist says, “I thought it would be nice to erect one to Mr Zuckerberg - to reflect on his colonial legacy.”
The song was written and performed by Oisin Byrne, and produced by Donal Sweeney.
Commissioned by Arlington Arts Centre, Virginia (USA)