Youssra Manlaykhaf

Don’t Ask Me About Technology, I Just Pretend I Know (Philadelphia Biotechnology Just Pretend I Did)

A visual refrain of coloured light distortion invades our screens. We are bound by a contract with unknown terms and forced to confront this truth. Your auditory environment has been designed for you, so listen and pay heed to the moments you forget to hear. This deconstruction attempts to aid the investigation into ambiguity, the evidence has been laid out, but you still have a lot of work to do. Brash technological interruptions are notifying us of our failure. Did you notice?

Don’t Ask Me About Technology, I Just Pretend I Know (Philadelphia Biotechnology Just Pretend I Did) uses film, soundscape, photography and performance to illustrate a constant, eternal state of ‘arrival’. It plays with the new and missed connections that develop within humanity and technology, designed space and designed self. The moral dubiousness of the insidiously creeping collection of ourselves that have been stored and disseminated without warning. The title is a quote of my own that was recorded without my knowledge and incorrectly transcribed. This response will infiltrate every space we inhabit and dictate the rules. Did you notice?