Roc Herms

Postcards from Home

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“With Second Life and virtual reality platforms like PlayStation Home, the world has split in two. In it we have total freedom to invent our own personality and choose any lifestyle we want; on screen we can continue our everyday tedium or we can embark on intrepid adventures. We can decide which virtual urban tribes we want to subscribe to, and, logically, in this world of possibilities, we can become photographers and choose between creating reports in the style of Cartier-Bresson or Robert Frank, or styling portraits like Richard Avedon or Diane Arbus. These dilemmas are some that Barcelonan Roc Herms faces with his project “Postcards from Home”. In his virtual life, Herms is always there, camera at the ready, seeking out defining moments that celebrate diversity, in both thematic fixations and stylistic approaches.”

Joan Fontcuberta

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A 15 minute mashup of PlayStation Home videos:

 
 
 
 
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Postcards From Home
A physical book about a virtual journey.
195 x 275 mm
422 pages + covers
Design by Bendita Gloria
ISBN 9788494418754

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A people’s history of Playstation Home

“Postcards from Home has the feel of a curio: a weighty tome assembled exclusively from images captured within Sony’s discontinued virtual world. It only takes a few pages to reveal itself as something much more empathetic, even human, full of penetrating long form interviews that explores the digital architecture of Home as well as the emotional lives of the people filling it. The result is something like embedded reporting within a virtual world, assembled into a frequently moving graphic novel that doubles as a people’s history of a dying world.”

KillScreen interview by Clayton Purdom

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Best Books 2015: Little Brown Mushroom

“There has been a lot of interest in artists who use Google Street View to make pictures. But what if these newfangled photographers could actually engage with the people they encounter? This is what Herms did while working as a documentary photographer within the virtual world of Playstation Home. Like the great documentary photobooks of the Depression, Postcards From Home is not just a catalogue of images, but also a narrative of engagement and an important historical document. While Herms was still working on this project, Sony announced the closure of Playstation Home and the world ceased to exist on March 31st, 2015.”

Alec Soth

 
 
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Exhibition “From Here On. Postphotography in the era of internet and cell phones” held at Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona (2013). Curated by Clément Chéroux, Joan Fontcuberta, Erik Kessels, Martin Parr and Joachim Schmid.

 
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