Looking back to the start of this project I can see that social media shares an integral part to the basis of today’s current world. The different abilities that it has towards connecting and disconnecting itself, is one that has allowed me to explore within the developed work. Positive feedback from different users, has enabled me to create different experimental pieces that further amplify the issue. Targeting various people by means of hash tags I created a small community that filters within my perception of virtual connection.
Before Setting off with this project I thought that the digital sphere that I was used to mainly that of Facebook was the only communicative social interaction that I could reach out to an audience. Having been forced to move away from Facebook and direct my reach in other social media platforms, it has truly showed me how limited and close minded is the Facebook sphere. Something that individuals in Malta have not truly yet explored.
What will happen Next?
I am very positive with this approach and through this experiment, I was able to acknowledge that the subject at hand is very elaborate and further investigation will reach into places that I have not yet discovered. In the coming months I would like to further explore and investigate these platforms within exposing the dichotomy that this interaction allows. Through my own brand identity as a freelance designer I will push and work into evolving my name towards projects as #thesocialreality under the name of michelinmission.
The reality that social media push forward, is one that has always sought to identify itself as pure and perfect in all ways. In this light people with some brains would know that this is a manipulative system that people fall for very easily. Taking into account Zilla Van Den Born fake journey to Asia, her ability to convince her family and friends about this fake journey truly encapsulates the social reality that social media forces on us.
This week I have looked within the inner depths of this augmented reality that we live in. As the previous example I started to explore and delve deeper the notion of reality and virtual perception of social interaction.
Instagram Filters and the dichotomy that is found within the manipulation that it projects.
What drives us? Is it because we would like to have a statement that is mainstream and urban?
To this light I created a series of work that challenges the different filters and non filter effects within a photo. To this result I could acknowledge that in some chases no filter photos provided less drama but for some reason it resonated better than the manipulated image.
White Washing of lies within the photo:
To this I stand to question whether people are engaged within the real or the hyper real form of understanding. Through further investigation I will try to further acknowledge the interaction that these parallels portray.
Sometimes you need to vent out the suppression that engulfs within this reality that we are unknowingly living in. Distant and away you need time to think and embrace this reality that identifies me from you.
In the past week I felt a huge element of frustration that this whole social media life that I am living in is providing me with. It is as though I am just enslaved to its power and the only interaction that I have with it, are needs and obligations that other want me to respond to. From Likes to hearts, to comments, and feedback, the social interaction seemed more than ever as something linear and anything but interactive.
This frustrated me in many ways. Although I cannot exactly provide a clear outlook to this frustration, I can use symbols to help out with explaining this overwhelming notion of being in such a position.
Looking into it as the way you look into food. The appearance to a delightful platter of crispy glazed onion rings with a side dish or what anything but great food, most of the time deceives within that instant bite you take. Realising that it was nothing that you have actually imagined off, creating the initial part of this disappointment.
Together with this social media tends to give us that instant pleasure that is most of the time superficially needed ;/ and suppressed the minute you eat everything and the only available button left would be the refresh button. Waiting hesitantly for that like, heart, news feed anything but new, for you to eat or find.
To think about it. I can think about thing , that is how mentally and physiologically drained we have truly become.
where on earth has that 7 year kid with passion to create and invent go? how did we survive before? how did other people survive without this bubble of us and no we?
3 Teching Hsieh – We are bodies that repeat and repeat. This work is about an artist that punched clocked for every hour of every day for an entire year. Taking photographs he documents the mundane process that of revealing the vernacular state of being human.
“I’m just basically passing time”
This element contributed to the way I wanted to present the contrasting parallels that social media has on its user. We are individuals that from crack of dawn we wake up interacting within this space and until the end of the day we breath social media.
The conflicting dichotomy that this media retains is the beauty of exploring the limitations that reality restrains us to obtain.
Week 1 has focused within the individual reality that we exist in. The main inspirations that helped me formulate this week set of photographs were the following narratives and facts that I was able to retrieved from surfing the web.
Russian Photographer who experiments with an interesting APP – Findface and through this app he is able to identify anonymous people he has photographed bringing to light not only the issue towards privacy and data protection, but it brings out an important element to the way we are living. The high media/ digital data is taking over our capabilities to acknowledge the individuals in front of us.#thesocialreality
Looking within the following data development, I question wether the next generation of art making, will take such an approach, and in galleries we will only have mutations
Throughout the past two weeks, I have worked upon discovering and analysing the element of social reality within the eye of a mobile phone. Through this development I started to formulate ideas that move along the elemental quality of living within such a contemporary setting of engaging and exploring the possibility to communicate with one another.
Within the work that I developed, a recurrent influential element transmitted from one work to the next. The element of constant detachment and connection, started to bring out the elemental dichotomy of the whole situation. The beauty that such a medium and interaction allows, ventures within the difficulty to resolve into the ability to connect from one matter to the next.
The sense of numbness and vernacularity that this work is providing, unveils a clear insight to the reality we are all engaging with.
Follow the process on Instagram @thesocialreality – daily uploads are shared following this dichotomy.
Sometimes the most astonishing discoveries are reserved within the outdoors that we live in. Away and distant we tend to distinguish our parallels with those that surround us. The need to detach and merge ourselves on a lone journey will dis-value the greater discovery that lies within the connection that everything that surrounds me has on me.
Within the following posts I will be understanding and finding interconnecting parallels that will allow me to understand the environment that surrounds and all of us dissolve in.