Focusing on the broad subject of human behaviour in relation to technology.
- What do we lose when we gain new tools and conveniences?
- What are the effects of the quantification of identity?
Smart Phone Relationship
Participants were asked to draw themselves in relation to their smart phones. This was conducted mainly during a presention in which everyones phone was taken and put into a bag for 30 minutes. They were also asked to consider the following
- How often did they think of their phones
- How did being separated make them feel
- Any other relevant thoughts
SOCIAL MEDIA Tendency (wilL be ongoing)
I deleted all my social media and documented all the times i either thought about posting something or habitually though muscle memory attempted to check my notifications or just randomly.
I documented the time, which app/site and the thoughts or actions that lead to my tendency.
I wanted to do this to focus on ideas of identity, my own for now and potentially a co creation in the future where i get people to document them selves over a week or so.
- muscle memory habit from opening new tab
- looked at my healthy plant and thought about being proud of how it had grown went to twitter
- wanted to post old nostalgic song on Facebook
- waiting for ableton to load large music session , impulsively went to check notifications
- thought about getting a haircut and posting it on instagram
- saw a freshly trimmed hedge thought "me" and could post on instagram
< Graphed instances by the hour
Masks for musical performance
thinking about my previous project idea and some possible directions
Random sketches of my own, thinking about the human relation ship to technology.
“The idea of augmenting our human senses is almost stereotypical now—as common a futures trope as jet-packs. But what is interesting about Hertrich’s project is that it discusses the loss that comes with enhancement. It addresses the McLuhan [link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_McLuhan] idea that augmentations or prostheses also are amputations in a way. In expanding or augmenting ourselves and our senses, what are we gaining and what are we losing in the exchange? In the terms of futurist Sohail Inayatullah, what senses or experiences are we disowning as we augment ourselves. “ Source
< SCREEN BASED EXPERIENCE
I had this idea of a piece that was basically a high res video of an almost motionless vast landscape. The video is almost so still that you cant see the movement unless you stop to look at it. After a time the center of the image scrolls like a phone would on instagram. I think i'm trying to probe the idea of the imposition from an external source rather than a self imposed one to question own own actions. Are we bothered when others do something to us that we do to ourself and if so why?
I came across some places like this during my travels this summer. The instinct to document this experience and the subsequent use of my smartphone made me think of how that impulse took me out of the moment. Im wondering how when we share our experiences what actually happens to our experience ? What are the effects of the quantification and capitalization of experience and are we only using these to define our identities to others?
Berlin Subway inspiration
I travelled to Berlin this summer and while i was there i didn’t really need a phone so i didnt buy any data and spent most of my time free of distraction. I lived my day to day wandering and not really worrying about the time. If i missed the train it didn’t really matter because i didn’t really have anywhere to be.
This lead to me being much less attached to my smartphone. I found myself observing the world around me much more than in the recent past. I’m old enough to remember a time when we wanted to organize a party in high school, we would chat on the rudimentary social messaging systems online and then meet with our cars in the parking lot of Mcdonalds.
There was a time where I went to the train station in a fairly remote area and i missed the train by about 20 minutes, it was a sunday. I looked around and saw that it was just me and a bunch of elderly people at the station. I tried to figure out whey this was. As trains came and went so did phalanx’s of people boarding them all glues to their devices, ears covered, faces focused, hands carrying. It was as if I had stepped in between two times, the elderly people who clearly didn’t use apps to navigate didn’t seem to notice anything as i watched the groups of people synchronized with the city, board their trains like clockwork. It is my assumption that all the young people that were moving in tune both the system were using navigation apps and perhaps the berlin subway application which is quite accurate. This lead me to question how technology effects people in relation to their spatial existence. If this example showed it self to me so easily (all i had to do was disconnect from my phone for a month) what other habits have we developed as a society that we don’t perceive and move along merrily to every day?
Do we whape technology or does it shape us?
If we think in terms of binary opposition in relation to the question of whether we shape or are shaped then I would argue that we are thinking like machines already and that the second is true. But of course then it is to be considered whether we have anthropomorphized our creations in which case we are in are in a chicken or the egg situation.
I can see validity in the sociology of technology school of thought in that I can see the effects onmyself personally and on others around me. We can all agree that technology has profound effect on the way we live and how behavioural patterns shift with the advent of new means of communication and expression. On the other hand, the market and what we desire as consumers also contributes to the development of new products and technologies. As designers and artists its our responsibility to critique these possible technological futures where possible if we are to control how technology effects us, in my opinion.