Je publie donc je suis (Hekkah) is an omniscient and curious collective avatar, which exists through the social networks of the Internet by feeding itself with our daily lives. Born from the feeds it represents, Hekkah shape is only visible through its Facebook contacts activities and publications. Its network is its blood and enables the avatar to exist and remain in our memories. If the social network comento die, the project would disappear at the same time. Hekkah is made of a profie and a Facebook software prolongated with an interactive installation. Those two spaces are connected in a dynamic way and work by the means of feedback. By getting to be Hekkah’s friend through its Facebook profile, the members accept to be part of a visible artistic project in the frame of an exhibition area : Hekkah is an interface between Art and Reality.
Raphaël Isdant (France) is an artist, teacher and researcher. He’s interested in digital sensitive territories revealing the fragility of our time. Amongst his many collaborations, he has made a camera to photograph the ghosts of extinct animals caused by humankind, an avatar searching for an identity on Facebook, a creative virtual platform connecting children confined to sterile isolation rooms, a drum duel involving gamers and musicians on stage, and also a digital heart beating to the rhythm of our earth’s seismic activity. Raphael intervenes in a course dealing with designing interactivity in the digital area of the Fine Arts School in Paris (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris) since 2009. Morever, he regularly provides teaching at universities and workshops in France and abroad.