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shrimpychip YouTube is a series of YouTube videos that explore the ways in which digital intimacy and capitalism intersect. The performances, designed for YouTube, strategically exploit emotional responses to the body, home, and notions of privacy in order to highlight the counterintuitive relationships embodied in digital capitalism. Editing and aesthetics of social platforms are employed to stress the strangeness of these new economic, cultural, social and private relationships. In documenting myself using AI and search tools, the work functions as a digital archive of actions and perceptions, thereby providing a firsthand account of the body and thoughts as they are mediated by technology. By tirelessly following trends to the point of ridiculousness, shrimpychip empathizes with the Internet culture while at the same time amplifying its more concerning aspects.
Becca Wijshijer is a research-based artist working within digital media. Wijshijer is an MFA candidate at the University of Waterloo, and received a BFA from OCAD University. They have exhibited at La Centrale galerie Powerhouse in Montreal; Supermarket 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden; and are alumni of The Roundtable Residency in Toronto.