Over the last decade, the rift—between analogue and digital—has shifted into a division between the digital and the post-digital—the post-digital embodying contemporary disenchantment with digital technology and the vast infrastructure and culture of all-pervasive surveillance powering it. Yet, what drew me to Christopher’s Internet art, is that it seems to delicately sidestep this tension. Christopher’s work sits in the compelling space between art, and what is indistinguishable from it, which is what allows him to ponder the murky world between our lived experience and the world around us. He shows how the relationships we cultivate online—even if they are (sometimes) nonreciprocal—equally inform upon our personal experience (and vice versa) as we dwell in the world (wide web).

Open: Kevin is a continuation of Christopher’s measured immersion into his personal porn collection—particularly Kevin, who makes up almost a third of the assortment. Kevin is a serialisation project that questions the notion that the online is somehow less real than the ‘real’, or that online interactions are devoid of emotions, as Christopher’s fascination with Kevin turned into a ‘real’-life manhunt, which ultimately resulted in a (digital) memorial in the form of a zip file when he was informed that Kevin had passed away. This personal exploration leaks some understanding about (online) interactions, even if they are sometimes one-sided and masked by an alias. Having to learn how to mourn someone he only ever engaged with online, even if this engagement was one-sided, exposes how the people we interact with—either through multiplayer gaming, forums, amateur porn, or social media—are ‘real’. Somewhere, on the other side of an undersea cable, is another human. The digital and the Internet isn’t a cold, dead, and sterile terrain, as opposed to the apparently warm and lively feel of analogue or ‘real’-life, nor is it post-Internet apocalyptic pessimism; rather, instead of being polar opposites, the three are indistinguishably entangled. In the same way that analogue is a direct precursor of digital, the ultimate concerns of human existence form the ultimate foundations of the Internet. It is here, in this discreet place, where Christopher seeks to understand fundamental truths about himself, the world around him, and his relationship to the world and the objects (and the Kevins) within it. Full text.