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TaylorErvin@gmail.com

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I'm interested in investigating the relationship between man and machine in an age where distinctions between the digital and the “real” have blurred and may soon become irrelevant.

As our world grows ever more saturated with digital and computational technology, we strangely find it increasingly harder to ackn… Read More
I'm interested in investigating the relationship between man and machine in an age where distinctions between the digital and the “real” have blurred and may soon become irrelevant.

As our world grows ever more saturated with digital and computational technology, we strangely find it increasingly harder to acknowledge its presence. Technology is embedded, hidden and streamlined into our lives, so that we often forget that we ever lived without it. I'm interested in exposing moments where the digital becomes conspicuous again via malfunction or misuse of technology. When technology is misused or malfunctions, the digital illusion disappears and we are forced to think about its context in reality. Thus, it becomes visible to us again. I see this as an opportunity for examination and critique.

Technology also affords us the ability to craft idealized dynamic digital representations of the self via the internet, which allows for a performance of self that is no longer constrained by physical boundaries and can even transcend mortality. Paradoxically, the existence of this digital self helps to dismantle the myth that the self is an independent entity. We see that its existence relies on a series of complex systems and the validation of digital peers. I’ve adopted the phrase "likes or it didn't happen" or more precisely "likes or YOU didn't happen" as a way to describe this phenomenon of a digital self whose existence is contingent upon an audience. In the same way that we ask the question "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound," we can also ask "If a teenage girl posts a selfie on instagram and nobody likes it, did she ever exist?"

Ultimately in my work I try to walk the line between the digital and the real in search of moments where that distinction has collapsed. Read Less
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