Milton Melvin Croissant III, Short Circuit 3, 2018
video courtesy of the artist
Milton Melvin Croissant III’s video looks at the intersection of technology and mental health in today’s digital age. By presenting the image of a human head literally “plugged” in like a device, this work highlights society’s perhaps unhealthy relationship with technology. Croissant selected the only square-shaped digital billboard, as it is a unique format for him to explore artistically.
‘Short Circuit 3’ will be exhibited on The Denver Theatre District’s outdoor, digital screen in downtown Denver (14th Street & Arapahoe Street), mixed among the regular advertising. The animated short focuses on technology’s influence on our well-being, explores the nuances of emotions, and subverts the traditional commercial use of digital billboards.
This video is a part of ‘Happy City: Art for the People,’ a six-week, citywide art intervention with the purpose of breaking down personal, emotional and social barriers, while nurturing individual and collective well-being. Initiated by British artist Stuart Semple, ‘Happy City’ is produced by The Denver Theatre District with artistic direction by Black Cube and is a result of collaboration among a number of funding partners, including Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Community First Foundation, Denver Arts & Venues, Downtown Denver Business Improvement District, Downtown Denver Partnership, McWHINNEY, P.S. You Are Here, Sage Hospitality and VISIT DENVER.
‘Happy City’ is on view from May 18 through June 30, 2018.