Dear Future Me (Cher futur moi), by Irvin Anneix
This documentary webseries portrays Generation Z, young people aged 15-25 who have grown up with digital technology. A rich and emotional documentary, featuring questions, advice, fears and hopes.
A creator of social bonds
Graphic designer and multimedia artist, Irvin Anneix has studied multimedia art and design at the Olivier de Serres Higher National School of Applied Arts and Crafts in Paris. He has produced many multimedia projects: Class Photo (“Photo de classe”) in 2014, Love at the Beach (“L’Amour à la plage”) in 2015, and Teen Words (“Mots d’ados") in 2016. They repeatedly return to the same subjects: diversity, adolescence, digital technology and its uses.
Conversations across time
An unusual documentary, Dear Future Me sketches the outlines of French youth. It paints a multi-faceted and complex sociological portrait, illustrating the diversity of territories and social environments, as well as the variety of subjects discussed and personalities presented.
In videos posted online, the teenagers address their "future selves," imagining receiving the recording 10 years later. They speak in the second person, a "you" aimed at their "future selves" but also their internet audience. Like a personal journal, the webseries reveals the questions and the hopes of these young people from Generation Z. The themes addressed are both universal and intimate – passions, work, sexuality, family life, etc. –, almost making the viewer forget the public nature of the medium.
A collaborative webseries
The Dear Future Me project was created between 2016 and 2017: Irvin invited young people he met while working on his previous films to film themselves, sending a message to their “future me". The result was the first six videos, which, although they feel very spontaneous, are in fact the result of extensive preparatory work – from training in the use of the filming equipment to the choice of themes and the layout of the sets.
In September 2018, Irvin Anneix pushed the project even further and posted a call for participation on his YouTube channel. Barely older than the protagonists of his work, the artist knows the power of social media as well as they do. The first six videos acted as the nucleus for a growing community. Irvin received a hundred unsolicited submissions and selected 34 for "Season 1."
A “phygital” exhibition
Dear Future Me was presented in September 2019 at the Maison de la Culture in Seine-Saint-Denis Bobigny, alongside a temporary exhibition, and distributed on YouTube, Facebook and, in a smaller format, on Instagram. An exhibition of the work is scheduled for June 2020 at the Maison des Métallos in Paris, then in September 2020 at the Lyon Dance Biennale, which was a co-producer of the project.
Irvin Anneix is already planning a season 2, this time featuring international participants from Europe, Canada, Africa and the French overseas territories. It is scheduled for release in September 2020.
Dear futur me by Irvin Anneix, supported by the CNC (Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image Animée), is part of the works available in Futurimage, a platform which provides a rich panorama of new forms of narrations.
Futurimage has been created by the Institut français, in collaboration with Producteurs d’Expériences Numériques (Digital Experiences Producers). Find out more information about Futurimage
The work will also be presented to the participants of the Focus digital arts and creations, organized as part of Chroniques, the Biennale of digital imagination (12 November 2020 - 17 January 2021 ).