Human Interface explores how various platforms of mass production, consumption and global connectivity – such as digital feeds, social media, Google, Wikipedia, etc. – assimilate visual information, impact how iconography manifests and shape art historical and cultural canon. Using digital and wireless platforms, as well as analog printing and traditional casting techniques as a point of departure, each of the artists’ creative processes explore the development of artistic practices and visual vernacular in the post-information age.
We exist in a world of global connectivity where a person can explore a destination 3,000 miles away on Google Street View; engage in real-time dialogue across time zones; as well as access the cultural customs of an unfamiliar country. All these encounters occur across various technological pathways in which the generational advancement – digital simulacra – has moved at an increasingly rapid pace. This has a compounding impact on the freeing of information and people’s ability to obtain, consume, and assimilate knowledge.
Our social sense of interconnectedness directly correlates with our increasingly rapid ability to communicate. The oscillation of people and ideas is moving faster than ever, thus our expressions are exchanged in an increasingly representational manner. We paraphrase, use symbols in place of phrases, and employ apparatus that engender superficial gleaning of the content we share.
Given this increased accessibility for a global population, information highways are becoming overcrowded instigating the next phase in wireless technology: Optical Wireless Communications, which will allow the global population to access and share information more efficiently. What impact will this have on the pace of information exchange? How will these new channels for funneling information shape our visual vernacular?