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2020 SPE Annual Conference: Hosted by The University of Houston | Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts | School of Art

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Jon Wollenhaupt

SPE Member since 2019
Member Chapter: West

Digital Disruption Project

My interest in this series began while living in San Francisco during the onslaught of web 2.0 technologies, which descended on the city like a thick coastal fog and began to radically alter the cultural and social landscape of the city as well as aspects of our cognition and behavior. Critic Alan Kirby describes the effect of our engagement with web 2.0 platforms (E.g. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) as causing "a state of trance that takes the world away; a new weightless nowhere of silent autism." Author Nicholas Carr asserts that our obsessive engagement with these technologies results in "a weakening of our capacities for the kind of "deep processing" that underpins "mindful knowledge acquisition, inductive analysis, critical thinking, imagination, and reflection."" The images in this series are metaphors for that mental angst—the anxiousness, alienation, and perpetual distraction brought on by our engagement digital content. Additionally, there is embedded in these images is the notion that as we become ever more dependent on our screen-based devices to intermediate reality, it becomes increasingly difficult to determine where our digital life ends, and where our physical life begins. To express the concepts of trance and cognitive disruption, I employ frenetic, hyperactive compositions and blurred imagery captured from the densely populated streets of San Francisco.

Trance #7

Man Suspended

Getting Nowhere

Fieldwork #3

The Amnesiac

Trance #9

Cognitive Disruption #3

Prelude to Seeing You

Fieldwork #1

Market Street Construct

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