ST+ART India Foundation x Singapore Tourism Board, Lodhi Colony, New Delhi, February 2019 PHOTOS & VIDEO BY PRANAV GOHIL, AKSHAT
It is the year 3001 - almost a century since the suicidal epidemic of the species now known as the “suicide sapiens”. The times preceding the extinction of this last human species have been marked by cultures in rapid decline, denials of climate change, the advent of robot technology and worshipping of false idols.
The “Temple of Self-Indulgence” is a shrine to social media built by the first generation of human internet adopters. It documents the adoration and devotions given to “memes”, “apps”, “fake news” and “selfies”, and the resulting social unrest, extreme narcissism and IQ degradation.
A commentary about our contemporary mercurial lifestyles; an era with access to vast knowledge and technology but using only the inconsequential.
The temple is watched over by the “Nyan Cat” cult meme turned enlightened guru who has gained millions of followers over the years. Many come to worship it, while visiting the “Fountain of Narcissism”, where they find their reflections embedded in the depths of the fountain via broken compact discs.