Though more connected by ever-expanding technological means, there seems to be a growing disconnect - between each other and between action and consequence. Cyber space aids us in the race against time, allowing us to socialize, learn, and create community all on our own schedule, but this web of connectivity adds countless distractions and even seems to lessen the depth of our experiences. As we move from the tangible toward a brave new world of convenience and isolation, what happens to culture and the actual space we inhabit?
Gazing at our glowing screens, we feel more akin and more productive than ever, but with everyone talking at once, is anyone listening? Even the nouns used to describe our actions have changed, from talk, meet, and do to text, twitter, facebook, and blog. This in turn shapes how we envision our place in the world, encouraged by consumer culture to think of “i” versus “we.”
In searching for ways to examine these contradictions, I began to think about narrative. Where a single experience alone could not fully express this disconnect, a series of moments taken out of context illuminate the absurd and the indulgent contrasted by the costs of such self-gratification. Whether in series or single image, my hope is to articulate the contradictions createdthrough these cultural shifts and to encourage a new vocabulary that includes connection, community, accountability, moderation, and sustainability.