My practice is pivoting around this advanced technological era we are living in and the effects of this change with recent emphasis on how it is affecting our behaviour. Throughout my practice there is a clear concept of Post Humanism developing, as I believe we are all inevitably becoming Post Human, whether we want to or not. It is something we cannot avoid, and is resulting in us becoming more reliant on technological gadgets, electronic devices such as iPad, tablets, phones which all have access the internet. Our world is changing rapidly into a virtual world, where we forget our actual body and mind, but actually use it in another dimension that is the internet. This face to face interaction between humans is gradually diminishing and it seems that humans are becoming more robotic (with technological gestures taking over their body) – not moving or doing as much due to technology coming in and thus making us less inclined to do everyday activities. Whilst this is happening, technological gadgets seem to becoming more humanistic, for example ‘Siri’ which is a talking robot in all Apple Software products, where you are able to talk to this robot and have a conversation, ask him to carry out tasks on that device. Although this is useful, it is rather lazy, how we rely on technology to live our lives. To represent this change I feel initially it is necessary to document my ideas and thoughts in my idea book, which I then think about how to develop it, which is usually through photography and video mainly serving as a documentary process – which is then transferred into drawings. A performative aspect to my practice is becoming quite a strong component which I plan to develop even further – using my body with my art reiterates how we are transferring our lives into a digital one, forgetting about the body and mind. I have been picking up the idea of technological gestures which take over our body the more we use them – like entering a pass code into an iPad, which in one video I did, I recorded myself typing the pass code into my iPad, and then recorded myself typing the pass code into the studio wall – which developed into performative drawings.
Also, I have come to the conclusion that as an artist I have to be working on various pieces at a time, as this is the way I like to work, so whilst these performative videos have been conducted I have also been using sound to represent this idea – by recording peoples conversations, the reason for this is how I like how the conversation changes dramatically, yet very subtly – and the aspect of the voice. I experimented with editing the sound and the speed and pitch and it ended up sounding like birds tweeting, which I aim to play this through a birds nest or a box in the studio space, or could even be played in the landscape – taking away the technology and just have the voice or the birds tweeting. The sound which warped into something else represents this technological change and how unpredictable it is – it literally could change dramatically affecting our lives which as humans we are able to adapt to this. I think in terms of thinking about refining my practice into possible ideas for the final show, I think the sound idea and also the performative pieces are quite intriguing and live in the ‘now’ context of the world, which is happening right now.
The next 2 two weeks are about developing these ideas, into pieces I could exhibit. The week beginning 7th April, I am aiming to know what I would like to do as a final piece, yet still experimenting as I feel this is important as an artist, as if you end something, you are preventing happenings that could become good quality pieces of art work.