I don't know about you, but I'm personally sick of seeing amateur photographers constantly capturing the same cookie cutter image of a modern day individual hunched over their bright glowing screen of their IPhone while missing out on the time of their life which so happens to be circling around them. I know we have all seen this visual portrayed in a variety of mediums, from photography to comics, but when it comes down to it, it's BS, let's talk about it.
Let's first talk about both sides of the argument, some say this sort of subject matter is a warning, a warning for our generation to learn how to disconnect and live our lives. While the other side of the argument is that technology has brought us closer together than ever instead of pulling us apart. While both sides might be true in their own way, they aren't the whole truths.
This is such an individualistic aspect of life that no study or individual could stand over one whole generation and say we're rotting away looking at our screens, when those same screens push us to do more than we ever even thought was possible.
Having a spectrum so black and white can be a huge downfall, especially when it comes to creating this sort of anti-capitalist art that is literally the same content and message just repeated over and over again, depicting a group of people in a way that's so matter of fact, when how could the creator of the art even know for sure. If someone is so turned off when it comes to new technologies, that's perfectly fine, but it crosses the line when you ironically profit from that same shame inducing artwork made to make others shut out opportunities and dreams, is making hundreds from selling on internet platforms, or even just being shared on Facebook. Maybe it's just me, but that's all credibility gone.
Technology plays such a huge role in art today, they've gone hand in hand for a very long time, even before modern technology we know so well today. They've fed off of one another in each stage of development and change. Presenting new ways to inspire people to innovate and improve a certain situation, even if it's purely from an artistic standpoint.
Being mindful and aware of consumption is always important, but realizing that perspective of the situation can seriously change everything is also a game changer. We're all on a spectrum, it's never so cut and dry.
Anti-technology art might not be my cup of tea, but it's not just me, it's all of the creatives, the influencers, the youth of today who also don't appreciate the harm it's causing the communities we try to hard to build up, using technology to make a difference.
Björk recently spoke to I-D in an editorial discussing the connection we have to technology, the importance of knowing when to stop, but also appreciating the benefits you can make for yourself when using technology in it's most productive way. That's how we should learn to focus our energies, by being mindful and balanced when it comes to benefiting from the way we can shape our use of technology to change our futures and the futures of those around us.
An Excerpt from I-D:
In a new interview with Pitchfork, Björk issues a call for readers to log off of Facebook. "Maybe there are a lot of kids now who don't know how to walk in a forest and do basic outdoorsy things," she muses after explaining that the world still has to "define technology." "You can be on Facebook for a long time and then you get a feeling in your body like you've had three hamburgers," she says. "You know it's trash. I always advise my friends: just go for a walk for an hour and come back and see how you feel then."
Keeping perspective and not denying the capabilities of produtivitly used technologies.
Visuals Via Crack Magazine