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Ant Hamlyn

Digital Art/Visual Art

By placing emphasis on both the performative qualities of time based media and a coherence between technology and spectatorship, Hamlyn creates a dialogue between participation and sculptural performance. His work explores the effects of twenty-first century living on both humanity and the environment, through the construction of durational encounters with objects and installation.

The Boost Project

Hamlyn's interactive, living installation explores how social media allows us to live within an alternate reality; one in which we can easily attain a heightened sense of belonging, or a fleeting state of appreciation. The inflating orb aims to emulate the acceptance and self worth we can feel after receiving ‘likes’ on our posts or pictures online.

Each time the orb is followed, receives a like, or is tagged with #theboostproject it gradually increases in size until it reaches its peak. If ignored, it begins to subtly deflate over time and fade into the background of our lives.

You can boost the orb through:

Twitter: @BoostUKYA, #theboostproject
Facebook: The Boost Project
Website and Live Feed:

Co-commissioned by FACT and Hope University through their Graduate Production Residency. Produced with support from FACTLab.