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MAKING MIRRORS: The Digital Identity’s Manifesto | Jessica Mairena

“Making Mirrors”, a title appropriated from alternative vocalist Gotye’s third album, is a work that aims to explore the digital identity of the smartphone and how it mirrors the user. By manipulating and repurposing particular forms of language the artist uses to digitally communicate through smartphone (i.e. text lingo, emoticon…

I LOVE MY OPPRESSOR | James Lavapie

James Lavapie’s “I LOVE MY OPPRESSOR” series explores the integration of imagery and poetry to create provocative digital collages. Through inquiry between the oppressed and the oppressor, Lavapie creates work that exposes the dynamic tension between awareness of the arbitrary and the need to adhere to it. Pieces within the…

Origin Story | Izzy Pezzulo

“We get the feeling that we haven’t truly begun to inhabit networks—the more ecstatic and catastrophic modes of interconnection remain to be tested.” –John Kelsey, Next-Level Spleen In Origin Story, I juxtapose themes of radioactive fallout, networked systems, swarm mentality, and “better living” through technology to ask questions about time,…

Fear and Loathing in GTA V | Morten Rockford Ravn

For his series of haunting photographs taken in Grand Theft Auto V, Morten Rockford Ravn embarks on a dérive to GTA‘s fictional state of San Andreas. Using in-game technology, he roams the city and produces beautiful, haunting, gritty street photography. He captures the emotional depths of poverty, of loss, of alienation, pain, and…

Dept. of Cute | Crystal Beiersdorfer

“Digital culture is constantly altering the definition of what it means to be a “beautiful” woman, with the worshipping and glorification of the proper thigh gap, hipbone protrusion, exaggerated collarbone, etc. The female body is relentlessly being mutilated through digital software and, as a result, the female psyche is being…

Virtual Embodiment | Christina Smiros

Christina Smiros explores the tensions between technology and the self. In virtual embodidment, she forms and erases her “pixelated form” where she describes her “identity as mine, everyone’s and no one’s–all at once.” The piece questions where the screen begins and the body ends, and who, if anyone, is in…

Blonde Women Looking Away | Szilvia Ruszev

In Blonde Women Looking Away, Szivlia Ruszev responds to The Broad Museum’s collection of artist and photographer Cindy Sherman alongside “Untitled Films Stills” from the Prelinger Archives. Ruszev explains that the “icon of the Blonde Woman…[evokes] power structures and the objectification of the female body.” The artist suggests watching the…

Search Engine Vision “ISIS” | Eric Souther

Search Engine Vision “ISIS” explores the semiotic shift of language as transient definitions that form organically online. The piece opens with examples of the first 1,000 video results from a YouTube search of “ISIS goddess.” Because the search contains the word “ISIS,” the search engine could understand the keyword as a reference to the terrorist…

Brooklyn School of Magic by Elizabeth Montague

Brooklyn School of Magic | Elizabeth Montague

Artist Statement This piece was inspired by a combination of the recent casting of a black Hermione Granger in the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the all black cast in the film adaptation of the musical The Wiz Live!. With this in the back of my mind, I saw a photograph on Tumblr…

The Word on the Street is not a Word: It’s An 😄 | Grace O’Brien

The newfound popularity of emojis and emoticons can be attributed to the human need for nonverbal communication, representing language progression and evolution.  They serve to imbue digital writing with imperative nonverbal cues that would otherwise be lacking. For the first time in history, Oxford English Dictionary (OED) “Word of the…