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?
We have become dependent on our devices as a way to keep us always connected to the rest of the world. We have no time to think about responses anymore and our contacts in many cases expect immediate responses to things that can generally wait.
I am experimenting with ways to create a tactile representation of our devices which is not real but holds a piece of real information.
This experiment is lino print on wood with newspaper.
What do we reveal by our constant online documenting of our lives? Insecurities? our loneliness? our attention seeking ways and need for the worlds approval?
I want to demonstrate how the digital documenting of our lives using online social media sites is infiltrating and even dictating how we live out our life in real time. It disturbs me.
I have been investigating the trend in our culture today which requires us to be photo ready and the self obsession this brings with it. Perceived realities are getting somewhat confused with the realities we are likely to experience, as society is influenced by and taking inspiration from sources such as celebrity culture and reality television instead of learning to be true to themselves.
My selfie represents a moment of reflection, breath of reality, a rare half a second of solitude in a society in which we are put under constant pressure to be perfect.