“Where Am I?”
In creating this series of digital images, I have mostly compiled photographs that I captured in camera specifically for the task. I also found a high resolution image of a binary code tunnel on a free desktop wallpaper download site which I have used as texture to add a surreal dimension to the works. These works explore what I perceive to be a possible identity crisis of situatedness developing in a generation who are inherently connected to multiple simultaneous yet incongruous ‘worlds’.
The series looks at the lifestyle of a young boy, living in the 21st century, who is immersed in his electronic devices and the virtual worlds they hold. The worlds with which his conscious mind is engaged are at once models of the physical reality in which he exists and also representations of that which is physically impossible to experience. There is an unconscious yet fundamental dichotomy playing out in his mind, the outcome of which is not yet able to be determined Vallor, S (2012).
Lines of inquiry that I am engaging with while contemplating these works include: … How will the child’s relationship to the physical world be effected by long term immersion in virtual worlds? … Is the virtual environment an extension of his mind? … Is the device an extension of his body? … Does his mind extend into virtual worlds in the same way as it does into the physical world, or is it a different mode of extension?
In this series of images have focussed on illustrating the way his attention is captured by the information presented through the interface of his devices. I have also alluded to the way information interpenetrates the physical and virtual environments by virtue of one being embedded in the other. I also explore the possibility that there may be a very fuzzy boundary between the ‘real’ and the ‘virtual’, especially in the lives of digital natives Hesper, E and Eynon, R (2009).
The photoshop process I used in manipulating these images to create the finished work after choosing the images to use for resources:
- Open new file, create custom template to required settings for task,
- ‘Place’ first file in a new layer and resize.
- ‘Place’ next layer file in new layer, resize, and adjust to position required.
- Create mask for layer just created, and using a wacom tablet and stylus, mask out the areas not to be included with an eraser tool.
- Repeat process of adding layers and masking out the areas not required for viewing in the finished image.
- Save the files as both .psd and .jpg
- Make several backups of the finished work.
Helsper, Ellen and Eynon, Rebecca (2009) Digital natives: where is the evidence? , British educational research journal. pp. 1-18. < http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/27739/> accessed 20th March 2014
Vallor, Shannon, “Social Networking and Ethics”, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2012 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), <http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/win2012/entries/ethics-social-networking/>. Accesses 20th March 2014