I feel that my films are developing into more than originally intended, while I have been spending hours watching footage I have recorded in Braintree, Chelmsford and London, I have become more aware of important physical moments that we don’t notice in real life. It wouldn’t be reasonable of us to expect to notice as everyone is getting on with what concerns them and we tend to not notice other people on a day to day basis. Physical happenings such as chatting face to face, a hug goodbye, a hug hello- generally the things that we take for granted.
Of course we still chat, now though, this interaction with a friend is all too often carried out by text or publicly by social media-usually whilst carrying out other tasks so as it doesn’t hold us up or take up too much time , losing the intimacy of personal contact.
Just a thought.
I have been printing wooden phones for a while now and I’m starting to make some clear decisions about them.
* I was originally unable to decide which was most effective, wooden phones with the lino printed iPhone or without. It is now clear to me that they are effective as a series with both versions. The phones without the frame of the iphones allow for more information to be viewed, the framed versions allow for just a snippet. This makes the set as a whole more effective.
* I have decided that I don’t want the phones attached to the wall, I want them to be able to be picked up, yet it is not important to me that they are so I will have them placed in lines of four or five on unobtrusive shelves.
* I will have the wooden ipads on a plinth, there won’t be so many of these as the phones.
I have experimented with the idea of spacing the phones for display and have not yet made a decision.
The idea behind my film is to use pixelation to show how disengaged with reality we have become at times due to our device dependency. We turn away from our physical environment without a second thought the moment our device calls for our attention.
This can be momentary as we receive a text or call, but it can be a more consequential event such as demands for attention via an online presence which can become more important to us than our own reality. From this stems the question “what is our reality? is it that version that we view through the world our device portrays and is this one the one that matters?”
The idea came from my Photoshop experiments as I was figuring out how I could demonstrate this disengagement, I decided on the mosaic tool as this represented perfectly to me what was causing the distraction. Pixelation is most commonly used to disguise the faces of those who can’t or don’t want to be identified. I want to establish the link of hidden identity to the concept of an online presence that has many undertones of both keeping elements of a persons identity hidden and an essence of revealing too much about oneself.
These are short experiments I created in Photoshop. The purpose of the pixelated areas are to show what we are distracted away from.
I then continued with the trials as I felt there was more to be discovered and that I could demonstrate more clearly, I just had to find how. I want to show how the world we view through the device has become more important an environment than the physical one, so I pixelated the whole area except for a device shaped hole through which we can see what is happening.
I feel that these are far more effective and I will make a series of small films and stitch together.
I have yet to decide on the length of the film but I do know that it isn’t important that the viewer watches from beginning to end.
We have become dependent on our devices as a source for everything, I wonder how long it would take if we stopped receiving our news in this way? Would we panic? Would we soon get used to it again?
I am creating a series of wooden mobile devices, each contains a clip of real news but the information is restricted to the boundaries of the device, there will be no further searching for more.
Sometimes I think we post about our lives, maybe to show off-but more than likely it’s to confirm to others that we are happy. Maybe we feel it is important to make sure others know this-in case they doubted our happiness.
But maybe we are doubting it ourselves and it’s ourselves we are reassuring!
In today’s age of constant online documenting and internet connection, everywhere now counts as a public space-we are always seeking someones attention or expected to immediately respond to the needs of others.
As well as the issues of what we inadvertently reveal in our online life documenting, comes the pressures of how we respond to the posts of those we are connected to.
Is our primary view of the world the one which we see through our devices? Is the impression we give of ourselves the one formed by others from our online presence?