raisin_things is an ongoing project by UK artist James Scott. On the surface it appears to be an eccentric web page detailing a person’s obsession with raisins. However, it can also be taken as a way of looking and interrogating that can be applied to other objects or larger systems. Systems that are infinitely more complex than the modest raisin.
With an interactive website at its centre, raisin_things navigates the viewer through a stream of both found and fabricated ‘content’, all grown from the humble raisin.
Part driven by the migration to online space since the beginning of the pandemic, and part as a natural development of his practice, James’ lo-fi HTML page responds to how users navigate and behave online. Through using conventions such as polls, comment boxes and games, the boundaries between sharing/reprocessing information and generating your own content is blurred, as you are presented with increasingly nonsensical answers to the question “you have a raisin, what would you like to do with it?”
Screen recorded excerpt from website
For Digital Notes, raisin_things is expanding its online existence by infiltrating more spaces. Elements from the project are being dropped into places without context, creating encounters that are designed to catch viewers off guard, disrupt your newsfeed, and bridge the gap between physical and digital passers-by.
As part of these interventions, James will be leading a Raisin Mindfulness session on 14 April on Instagram live.