Anvil Centre New Media Gallery Response
VISA 110: Digital Media
I created these two pieces as a response to the 5600K: Temperature of White exhibition at the Anvil Centre's New Media Gallery. The exhibition combined multiple artist's work, in which they "challenged our understandings of narrative, boundary, technology, and perception itself." After visiting the exhibition, I was interested in exploring the continuous yet temporary nature of media and new technologies. I wanted to express the irony of how new technologies are constantly evolving, rendering older ones irrelevant and sometimes even unusable, yet when we share information via technology, it becomes "eternal." I tried to express this irony in my pieces "Forever and Always" and "Ironic Eternity." In "Forever and Always," I collected images of CDs, a rapidly declining technology due to the increasing popularity of downloadable music, which displayed, ironically, with the words "forever" and "always." In "Ironic Eternity," I found an image of old flip-phones from a website which encourages recycling old technology. I then overlaid a digital clock over the screen of the bottom, middle phone and created a 24 minute gif that loops as the clock changes from minute to minute. With this piece, I wanted to continue the theme of irony between continuity and obsolete technology. This project was an interesting way for me to consider the implications that come from the rapidly changing landscape that is new media and technology.