Myself & (eye) (2018)

The use of social media platforms have transformed the way societies communicate and engage with global and personal issues. My work explores the idea that identity is dualistic whereby, through a type of performance, a user balances two personas, one based on the physical person in the real world while the other is conceived in the person’s mind. From my research, it is concerning that, while social media companies are aware of the psychological needs of the user, more effort and techniques are being developed to keep users online. My work evokes questions relating to our personal identities, how we use social media platforms, and the influence of social media companies on our personal identity.

 

I have envisioned the juxtaposition between the real self and the fantasized self. In the mind, the creation of the desired self is formed; this is visualised through hand-drawn elements to insinuate the idea of a fictitious reality, while using video footage to represent the physical life of the user. I’ve programmed a slow frame rate in the animation to create a jagged-like effect throughout the work, suggesting delusory reactions and movements, breaking away from realism and reinforcing the fantasized element of the theme. My theme of the real versus the imagined balances sub-themes of cognitive processes, memories, and metaphorical experiences. 

Myself & (eye) (2018)

The use of social media platforms have transformed the way societies communicate and engage with global and personal issues. My work explores the idea that identity is dualistic whereby, through a type of performance, a user balances two personas, one based on the physical person in the real world while the other is conceived in the person’s mind. From my research, it is concerning that, while social media companies are aware of the psychological needs of the user, more effort and techniques are being developed to keep users online. My work evokes questions relating to our personal identities, how we use social media platforms, and the influence of social media companies on our personal identity.

 

I have envisioned the juxtaposition between the real self and the fantasized self. In the mind, the creation of the desired self is formed; this is visualised through hand-drawn elements to insinuate the idea of a fictitious reality, while using video footage to represent the physical life of the user. I’ve programmed a slow frame rate in the animation to create a jagged-like effect throughout the work, suggesting delusory reactions and movements, breaking away from realism and reinforcing the fantasized element of the theme. My theme of the real versus the imagined balances sub-themes of cognitive processes, memories, and metaphorical experiences.