A paradigm shift in contemporary culture (and specifically the art world) is where we find our ‘self’ in an evolutionary timeline, a timeline that highlights a potential tipping point. In the 21st century there is an appetite for technological progress, that has its historical legacy grounded in a simple evolutionary question: why do we seek gratification for survival through progress? As a 1st world industrial society we tend to be seduced by a belief that life will be easier with every new industrial advancement, mechanical gadget, and technological operating system. We tend to follow this culturally driven ideology as a religion that these changes will make us better humans. Becoming better has long been a survival tactic for humanity. As we transition into a more digitally defined environment, analogue mechanical objects and tools become a parody of their current digital incarnation or counterpart.
My artistic practice draws inspiration from the social ideals associated with progressive change by exploring this concept of industrial progress from a slightly ironic quote— the notion of “positive improvement.” Using a diversity of mechanistically kinetic sculptures, I question this typically overlooked fascination for the “new and improved” as a neither positive nor negative reinforcement for defining how we will survive. Yet, by creating sculptural work that fails to succeed their basic tasks of self-fulfillment, I offer a momentary self-reflective consideration on whether or not there is good progress or bad progress.
I am thus interested how our social interaction with ‘new’ media is becoming increasingly instinctual. As a first world industrial society, we forage for hardware and software or update and upgrade as a necessity or means of survival that come as a fear of being left obsolete. In many ways this fear is real due to the pace at which our social engagement with new media changes and cultural demands that require us to stay current with it. My artistic practice explores the scattered lineages found in new and old media that not only guide social interaction but question how it shapes contemporary culture as well.