DIMENSIONS: 8’ x 4.5’
MEDIUM: Transparency paper, ink, projector
DESCRIPTION: 35 prints made with polymer plates on a Vandercook Press and hung across an open space. A machine behind the screen projected a live feed of text messages that viewers sent to a number listed next to the piece. I hired a friend to write a program that lifted texts from a Gmail account and converted them to fit the screen and to scroll across in a designated font and color (yellow, to fill in the emoticon faces). The piece was a reflection on the technology we use to keep in touch with people: just getting a text message from someone can make you feel like that person is with you. The piece was also a reflection on how the digital is being used to make things look older, to add character (e.g. Instagram with photographs). I used an analog process to print digital images (faces from the Emoji application available on smart phones) and to display digital messages in order to comment on how changes in human interaction and art have paralleled each other with technological advances. I still have a record of all of the texts that were sent to the account via Gmail and I plan to somehow use the data in the future, either analyzing it or simply putting the messages together in book form or in another way.
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