Hashtags get real
The mobile phone and our need to constantly be connected is a phenomenon commented on in popular culture. Regardless of how we feel about it, being connected digitally is a current reality for almost everyone.
As an urban artist working on both the digital and handcraft realms, the digital connect/collide is a thought provoking challenge. Classic examples of digital ‘disfunction’ are seen in family meals and restaurants, on beaches and at moments when you would expect quality connections, often they are disrupted by digital devices. One response to this is to go on ‘virtual Lent’. Clearly not practical as much of modern life is on line. It is this very dilemma that ‘Plug In Better’: A Manifesto explores.
The manifesto asks people to “approach our time online with the same kind of intention and integrity we bring to our best offline interactions. … What it requires is careful attention to the sources of our discomfort; to the challenging qualities of online interaction, or of simply living in a networked world. Looking at those pain points, and finding a way to switch them off, is the new unplugging.”
It is this background that has prompted a threaded conversation using short text to provoke a conversation, a laugh or just a photo opportunity.
A temporary installation at Auckland City Limits Festival 2016