Refreshingly, Meisenberg and K.E.’s contributions seek only to reflect real conditions. But instead of striving for one-to-one depictions of reality, the artists create slightly humorous, awkward, and expressly non-confrontational ones that have a lot more to offer. This strategy was reflected in the gender dynamics at play in the videos, which, contrary to how they initially appear, are no “male-gaze redux.” Rather than trying to correct or overturn previous power dynamics, the couple portrays “a new generation’s mindset of being on one horizon, where everything happens with a certain fluidity,” K.E. says.
“Even though I keep the camera, Anna is not only reacting to my triggers, but she is simultaneously triggering or changing how I react and how I follow her,” Meisenberg adds. “It’s sort of a double selfie. We become voyeurs of ourselves, watching in real time.” The voyeurism is pretty vanilla and somewhat repetitive across the three screens. But that, too, is a reflection of the same-ifying nature of an increasing portion of the internet. In the artwork, “there’s no real love or no real touch. It’s like everything is kind of behind a condom or something that covers the whole emotion,” K.E. suggests. “Maybe it’s a new kind of future.” Is it one you want?