Natalie Bookchin
My Meds, 1:10 min
From Testament, 2009–16
Courtesy of the artist

Testament presents a series of collective self-portraits made from a montage of hundreds of found online video diaries. Each offers a collectively narrated meditation or proclamation on a topic, such as unemployment, sexual identity, or psychopharmacology. Clips are edited and sequenced as streams and patterns of self-revelation that flow and dissipate over space and time. As in a Greek chorus, choir, or musical symphony, individuals speak in unison, echo, add refrains, join in, and complete solo narrations. The series reflects on a peculiar blend of intimacy and anonymity, of simultaneous connectivity and isolation in contemporary, networked social relations.