Research Students 2013

Maurice Mbikayi

My Masters project is titled Fashionable Addiction – It comments on the impact of digital media on society, with particular reference to my home country the Democratic Republique of Congo (DRC) with its relation to developments of fashion and access to technology – It also comments on the consumerist nature of contemporary information technology in Africa, and how it follows a trend, relating to the FOMO (an internet slang acronym for Fear Of Missing Out) phenomena.

This project was inspired by regularly visiting a technician to have my second-hand laptop fixed. The piles of discarded computer parts I always noticed stored at his spot looked like sculpture installations to me. I therefore, started obsessively collecting and storing them myself. In the process I started to question issues regarding contemporary information technology and the rapid change in the consumption of products as a result of rampant capitalism.