If you’re dateless and staying in to mope on Saturday night, there’s no shortage of ways to do it: ice cream, Netflix, porn, sleep, and booze all make great companions in times of isolation. But if these vices have grown a bit stale of late and your tastes run toward the avant-garde, there may be another, altogether stranger option.
Over on the DIY publishing site NewHive, artist May Waver has a multimedia collection called Embedded Lullabies. In a series of short Vimeo clips assembled from home recordings of simple love songs and footage shot in her bedroom, she creates intimate collages of shifting light, shapes, and tone, turning her sheets into gently breathing landscapes of otherworldly beauty. They conjure the sense of snuggling up to that special someone and even bleed into the niche YouTube genre of ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) recordings, designed to trigger a pleasurable tingling of the nervous system via soft and tactile sounds.
See? No need for romance when you have the Internet.