Jonas Downey
Since the beginning
Works in Urbana, Illinois United States of America

I have spent a significant percentage of my waking life in front of computer screens. In recent years, much of that time has resulted in an exploration of the computer's signification or mediation of meaning. In my work, I often utilize computational means to explore underlying relationships in social information, which are frequently - though not exclusively - represented through a combination of language, image, philosophy and mathematics.

I am interested in the ways in which communicative data can be re-interpreted, visualized, or differently coded. In this process I have found that new signs and new connections may emerge, creating clarity in what is otherwise an escalating mass of textual and visual junk.

My work highlights ambiguities or flaws in social systems, which we often trust at face value. I hope to encourage the viewer to recognize his or her own participation in these systems, constructing an altered understanding or inspiring a similar process of questioning.