15 Seconds part 3
Chris Dorley-Brown’s ‘15 Seconds part 3’ is a tantalising glimpse into the lives of 26 millennials born in the 1980s, and the ways in which they have changed between childhood and adulthood.
In 1994, several hundred Colchester schoolchildren aged 8-11 were invited to make a video portrait of themselves and experience their ‘fifteen seconds of fame’. Ten years later, Dorley-Brown tracked down some of the individual participants to find out how their lives had progressed; and in 2014 he made a third series of video portraits. Brought together as a digital online artwork, the participants' three selves now enter into a dialogue with each other.
The first set of video portraits were made in an era before the internet became a part of everyday life; the last set were made in the era when self-presentation through social media is ubiquitous. In between are a poignant series of moving portraits that address growing up, thwarted ambition and finding out what makes you happy in life.