dis/Communication (2012)

Curated by jess_howard
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In today's society methods of communication transcend numerous media. From verbal to physical and those rooted in technology, we constantly rely on external factors to interact with those around us. Yet so much of what we communicate is non verbal and the interactions we have with each other are rarely as simple as two people having a conversation. ************************************************************************************* Jody Zellen’s 2004 piece ‘Disembodied voices’ comments on the effects society's prevalent use of mobile phones and portable technology have on everyday life. Based around the fragmented conversations we hear from other people's mobile phone calls the piece demonstrates the distance that can be created by technological devices predominately designed to ease and encourage communication. ************************************************************************************ In contrast Thomas Charveriats ‘Light activated faces’, produced in 2003, focuses on non verbal communication by physically highlighting a series of faces as they are lit up. Accompanied by a series of moans, the piece uses onomatopoeia and a light box function to demonstrate how much of what we say is demonstrated through facial expressions and how little by verbal exchanges. ************************************************************************************* Following on from the idea of communicating via onomatopoeia is Thomas Charveriats ‘Crying machine’, created in 2005. Demonstrating the role emotional outbursts such as screaming or crying have on communication, the piece uses a voltage powered machine to produce a random sequence of crying sounds that are never repeated. By playing the sounds independently of human production the piece has a disjointed effect as the intensity of the sound rises and falls as varying levels of voltage pass through the machine. ************************************************************************************* Created in 2010, Robert Petrosinos ‘Audio verification’ highlights the role of audio in communication. By using a series of beebs and dots, the piece emulates the sounds that accompany the technological system known as audio verification. This system is used within the internet to confirm the user is human, showing us the importance of sound and listening in communication and our identification as human beings. ************************************************************************************* The final piece in my exhibition is entitled ‘Bush speech’, an audio and visual piece by Max Min originally created in 2004. By typing into the site the viewer is able to programme a video of a politician to say exactly what they want them to. By allowing the viewer to have control over the audio content of the piece, we see how technology can be used to alter and manipulate the words we communicate to each other, creating misconceptions and misunderstandings within technological communication.

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