Besides the Screen: Creating space to Investigate our Technical Immersion

I am delighted to be presenting my worok at this years ‘Besides the Screen‘ Projection / Geometry / Performance On the pannel: Thinking images, making images.

Here is a little abstract of my presentation titled:
Digital Shadow: Creating space to Investigate our Technical Immersion
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Art must provide the space to analyse and evaluate our immersion in technology.
In this artist presentation I look to contextualise and illustrate this statement using an Interactive Installation of my own, titled ‘Digital Shadow’, as an example.

In this Immersive installation, individual or multiple visitors interact with layers of projection, each casting multiple shadows to create an evolving, surprising and mesmerising visualisation of how we connect through digital space. Encompassing cues to reflect on the heterogenous nature of projection whilst providing a metaphor for the ambiguous materiality of the virtual environments we live in today. I am interested in using projection, an apparatus that changes how we see the world, in a way that is applicable to other technologies that do likewise. Reflecting on the process of the production and our envisioning of the image is of as much value as experiencing the image itself.

In proclaiming the need for art to create ‘space’ to Investigate our Technical Immersion, this ‘space’ could be taken literally as the physical area occupied by the installation for visual evaluation. Additionally we can interpret this need for ‘space’ as a theoretical one created through instigating cognitive evaluation of the way in which technology mediates our experience of the world around us. This playful work seeks to provoke and facilitate reflection and conversation whilst remaining engaging at face value.

In this light, whilst being subjectively interpreted as an artwork, such work also allows accessible analogy for progressive media theories. Whilst making this work I was inspired by an interest in our changing phenomenological experience today in light of the writings of Vilém Flusser, alongside others. I look forward to this opportunity to participate at this Besides the Screen conference in order to contribute some images and ideas to such a discussion.

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