This research started with a problematic recognition of the following two contemporary situations. First, I paid attention to the phenomenon that the online media have shifted to a post-online condition due to the advance of ICT and social media and mobile network environments. Next, criticism can be raised about the contemporary tendency in which performance is complicated not only in academia and culture and art scenes, but also in the field of economy and labor. In particular, this thesis attempted to provide insight into the neoliberal economy and working conditions, the communication/relationships with contemporary media, and the tendency of performance to dominate in contemporary art.
To this, I added a parallax view that refers to Derrida's critique of Rousseau. This is because there was a need for a basis to criticize the understanding and approach to our time from another perspective. In short, my argument was to reconsider the issues surrounding post-online, meritocracy, and post-truth, and the paradox of performativity, interpreting the criticism that Derrida reconstructed in Rousseau's texts, focusing on the concepts of ‘mediation’ and ‘supplement’.
A public art project by M. L. Ukeles and street performances by TSI are examples for my research. Especially it is significant that her work honored the service workers under the pandemic situation. this research was able to criticize the paradoxical realization of contemporary performativity, the different characteristics of transparency and directness, and discrimination of social relationships that ignored mediation and supplement.