“Desire“ was started in 2017 with an experiment on the dating app “Lovoo“ during which a profile was created for a female looking mannequin. The profile was set up with images in which the artificiality of the mannequin could only be recognized by taking a close look. In the course of this experiment, more than 80 messages addressed to the profile were received. Some of those were additionally answered with a freely accessible online chatbot software. The resulting dialogues, the collected messages as well as photographs of mannequin and human form the core of the work. “Desire“ thus addresses the ambivalence between expectation and reality, between fantasy and projection. At the same time, the status quo and future of sexuality, romance and partnership in the 21st century are put to question.
All messages have been translated from german to english.