Broaden Your Sense of Normal
Broaden Your Sense of Normal is a collaborative project by Mila Gajić and John 'Feeshy' Walker. The project reflects on the Gen Z experience of growing up amidst the school shooting epidemic. The duo intertwine experience, fiction, game culture, internet culture, and post-irony to explore themes of denialism, hopelessness, desensitization, social isolation, survivor’s guilt, inactivity, and persecutory delusion.
The series overall analyzes the psyche of America's youth as they navigate communal gloom, a mass sense of hopelessness, persecutory delusion, denialism, and/or survivor’s guilt. Rather than focusing on the act of shooting, the duo turns their attention to the mental and sociocultural effects that have resulted from school shooting culture. What are the effects of being constantly aware of your surroundings or afraid of your peers?
The pair utilize storytelling throughout this project. Through developing characters and worlds, they intertwine experience, fiction, game culture, and internet meme culture to create works that are portraits of the psyche of America's youth in the form of short films, sculptures, 2D and 3D prints, and games. In this way, they utilize characters and worlds as avatars to create larger reflections of contemporary issues, societal behaviors, and individual experiences.
Featured Works in this Project
Space Drill Y21K
All My Marbles are Lost
Broaden Your Sense of Normal(3D)
Mr. Matthews : "I HOPE I DON'T DIE! :)"