Overload (2010)

Curated by pdehart
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Geert Lovink's assertion that we suffer from information obesity, in his work "The society of the query and the Googlization of our lives: A tribute to Joseph Weizenbaum", extends beyond the implication of an inability to explore all that the web holds. The work "Livesystems.net", by Marni Kotak, captures the essence of our consumer society and the important role that advertising, and thus materialism, play in our society today. It reiterates Lovnik's point that the web contains too much, and that our society is overrun by information, advertising, and materialism. This idea is again seen in "ThingPit" by taras hrabowsky. In a dizzying array of images, which first flash into the center of the screen to be assimilated into the mass which has already gathered before it. This symbolizes to me, the rate at which our materialistic and consumer society passes itself by. Like the ThingPit, any one person has not the ability to experience all aspects of life, yet we as a society keep rushing to add to the growing, bulbous mass of uselessness. Perhaps reflecting societies ideas on how to handle such progression, the"Drug Quilt" by Noah Pedrini, shows how this practice has manifested itself into our medical practices. The quilt depicts and overwhelming array of companies who produce pharmaceutical drugs, each company listed with the number of drugs it has produced. This grossly overinflated array of drug options reflects our societies need for more--for more of everything. Also reflecting Lovnik's idea of information overload, and unavoidably experiencing information out of context, is "AnthroPosts" by Noah Pedrini. This work shows how much society leaves in its wake unknowingly and how difficult it may be to fully understand without the proper context. Naturally, some notes are perfectly comprehensible without explanation, while others may be a completely meaningless array of numbers, names, dates or so forth. Society seems to try to absorb information, yet with the dizzying amounts available to us and a lack of time to fully delve into any particular piece, the possible meanings and implications inevitably fall into the cracks. Finally, the work "1444 minutes" by Jason Sloan brings to mind the declining importance of time, and the rate at which it is passing the world by. For along with the increase in materiality and the flippancy with which we dismiss such innovations, time becomes less important. The hours in a day are compacted into a few and are made simpler by technological innovations. Yet all usch innovations lead us to lose touch with the importance that each day carries with it. Routine takes over and dulls the experience of simply living, allowing the constant influx of 'new' and 'exciting' to overtake the simpler things in life--the simpler things as produced by Jason Sloan.

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