Design / Illustration / Performance
The Web considers how we attempt to develop intimacy and maintain connections with humans across spacetime, using the internet and technology as an interface. It also reflects on a want to empathize with other beings despite the vastness of human experience, fragility of information, and the limits to communication.
As a child, I was homeschooled and fairly isolated, yet curious about the world around me. I’d often spend hours on the internet talking to strangers, trying to understand their experiences and perspectives. At a period in my adult life when I felt alone, I returned to the chatroom Omegle, one I regularly frequented as a child. The result was this conversation with a person, Rick, that was promptly cut due to server errors.
I wanted to convey a sense of vastness and space, specifically the type of space created by the internet. To do this, I created minimal grid-systems that create perspective and disappear into endless space. Intersecting planes illustrate the ways our interfaces pass through one another, if even just briefly. Lasly, I pushed the program to glitch, causing results that are authentic to concept and medium.