BYOBOB (Bring Your Own Banality of Being)
BYOBOB is a multiple-choice game where players move around by selecting how they would like the person, or sim, to spend their day. Computer-generated images and gifs, alongside real-life documentation of immediate surroundings create collaged fragments of daily routines. Players sink into rabbit holes of the banality of being; from travelling through pipes to grab a glass of water and riding the pet cat as if she were a horse, to mindless scrolling on a phone to find shark videos. The blurring of real-life and simulated life encourages players to explore their own spaces and how mundanity drips into self-made mythologies of us and our surroundings; to question the limits between domestic and fantasy. Living within and in-between gaps of the familiar and imagined, the works asks what do gaps generate in us, and what do we generate in gaps?
arebyte’s Open Screen programme presents two new commissions from Uma Breakdown and Tilly P-M for the 2021 edition.