Thursday, April 5, 2012

Senior Thesis (The Completed 8 Shapes)

Senior Thesis (The Initial Sketches)

Screens II is meant to question the idea of alienation remedied through the power of the internet. The discussion that this piece calls on to is based around the contemporary set of values and priorities which arise from our heavy reliance on technology. In response to the physical alienation that we throw ourselves into, granted to communication technologies at hand, I will create an installation in the Falvey Hall lobby. The piece will be an interactive sculpture consisting of eight equal pyramid shaped units. While facing their sharp endings inward and exposing the flat square bases outwards, the shapes will form a perfect square with a void like formation in the middle. Each unit will be constructed out of plexiglass, an led board, light-diffusing paper, programable chips and sensors. The diodes displays will turn on when the senors will detect a presence. The installation can be fully light only when it is completely surrounded by people. This rather simple gesture allows an agglomeration of strangers to share the same space and time while pondering and viewing this work. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Senior Thesis in Progress (THEORY)

While it has been my major focus and pain, senior thesis has been a great learning and rewording experience. I have had the opportunity to research my topic of interest at greater lengths and depths then ever before. My preoccupation with understanding the influence of technology on modern day culture has finally started to take a discernible shape in my art practice.

To begin, I had to narrow down my research topic. After countless hours of reading and thinking and talking with professors and aimlessly killing time, I have stumbled upon the realization that I am mostly interested in exploring the topic of channeled experiences. In other words, I started to see the connections between the inevitability of the use of the modern day technology in relation to the need for increased and universal ways of communication. Amongst the historical progress, that we are witnessing unfolding faster then ever, lay the undefined relationships of human to human and human to object. They are undefined because they are taken out of their previous context and thrown into a new one--the fast, technologically advanced, globalized, interconnected new world.

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