Why should we leave our rooms if we can live the experience from the comfort of our own walls?

Digital media provides us with an eternal eye on the physical world that surrounds us, so why should we leave our rooms if we can live the experience inside the comfort of our own walls? This immersive Exhibition was curated as part of What’s the Agenda festival at the mac Birmingham.

The Installation

All over the world (predominantly in Japan) hundreds and thousands of people are isolating themselves from society. The phenomenon of reclusive adolescents or adults who withdraw themselves from social life are often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement. This may be due to our dependence on digital media and the pressures of modern culture.

Pulling inward to consume the many positions that loneliness obtains within society, this exhibition explores the story of isolation, alienation, withdrawal and lonesomeness that is gripping the common world.

Step into The Hikikomori to visualise a life alone, and look out through the window into the black hole of physical engagement.