• Synthetic Lives

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  • Disintegration developed as a body of work after A Glitch in Time. While A Glitch in Time was created during a residency in a rural area of the Netherlands, Disintegration began after returning to the urban confines of NYC. The process used to create both bodies of work is identical. First, a photo is taken with a digital camera. The image is then downloaded to a computer and corrupted in various ways; through the use of Processing, incorrectly interpreting image data, or Javascript applications. Portions of the glitches are then combined with the original image to produce a photo that is based in reality but obviously altered. Finally, the image is sent to a Fuji Instax printer via smart phone resulting in an analogue, single-edition object. In an age when any unbelievable image is immediately decried as “Photoshopped,” “Disintegration” toys with the idea of instant photos being difficult to fake due to the nature of the medium. The viewer is asked to confront the idea of instant photos being accurate representations of reality, while simultaneously reflecting on the role of technology in shaping our natural and human-made environments.