I am curious as to how we communicate through technology. The idea of the moving photograph has become very intriguing to me, as we are almost at a point where the consumer can no longer purchase a digital camera without the capability of creating video with it. What we are able to say, and who we can say it to, with photography has evolved along with all other forms of communication. The world we live in is completely connected; all of our experiences, relationships, and communications are instant in this new digital age. From social media like Facebook and Twitter, to digital cameras our experiences are multi-layered with new levels of complexity and nuances. I believe we should be viewing digital photography as its own unique experience that can help us understand our lives and how we arrived in this new “digital world”. Fred Ritchin opens the book After Photography with a quote that strikes close to home, “Photography, as we have known it is both ending and enlarging, with an evolving medium hidden inside it as a Trojan horse, camouflaged, for the moment, as if it were nearly identical: its doppelganger, only better.”
Picking up where installation artists like Nam June Paik left off, I have created a video based installation from vintage iMacs. The video is a history lesson in the evolution of technology emphasizing how communication has evolved along with it. What we say and how we say it has drastically changed over the course of the last 60 years. This often happens because of the advent of new technologies. From television to the internet, the faster technology evolves the quicker the dissemination of communication becomes.
As an artist I feel it is my responsibility to push boundaries, especially when new technologies arrive in any given field. Each new technology brings with it new ways to communicate to the viewer. I feel we can better understand the “connected” world we live in through exploring the digital processes and aesthetics of our new form of photography. The possibility given to photographers with digital technology is endless, and this process tries to explore that possibility while uncovering new understanding of how we communicate.