About the internet - Avery Miller Art
Information is no longer bound by time or space. 3.3 billion people now have the capability to interface with a device and access content made by any other member of the internet. The whole of publicly recorded information is being condensed onto servers, to be called up by users worldwide at a moments notice. Each user individually chooses his or her way through the web, leaving behind content and creating traffic. We do this without leaving the comfort of our seats. We also do this from nearly any other location within the constantly expanding modernized world. The internet has introduced bold, sweeping changes to how we process information and understand the physical world. The abstraction of viewing real things through the screen instead of in person gives us the impression of having seen much and been many places when in fact we remain safe at home. On the surface, we know more than ever, trading in an endless stream of accessible knowledge. However, knowledge which is gained through this manner has become so prolific that we are unable to focus on a single source long enough to gain its real meaning. The result of this is large portions of the internet specifically designed to be consumed in 6 second or 140 character snippets, and users leaving 98% of webpages within 10 seconds or less. By these methods we learn broadly instead of deeply. The goal of this project is to illustrate how we now interact with this ever flowing fountain of information. What we have found through networking by way of keyboards and backlit screens is a wonder unlike any of the natural world. It is a space that contains illusions far beyond the imagination of any one individual, and in it’s magnitude holds a great unknown for each of us. What we choose to connect to through this network now has the ability to shape the paths of our lives as much if not more than the antiquated physical connection. As we progress further into the future of global networking, the line between what we perceive as the real world and the online world will become increasingly blurry. As more and more of our actions take place in digital form we will lose the intricacy of a world that is not reducible to binary digits; exchanging natural forms and limits for an ever flowing stream of man made and computer generated sensory experience. Information is no longer bound by time or space, but because of this freedom we are tied to our screens more than ever before.