Quasi-digital Objects

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How many photos are “inside” my phone?

 

Concrete is the second most consumed substance in the world after water. 

 

I see a series of images changing as they repeat themselves. 

 

Concrete gets stronger over time. Most New York City sidewalks are made of concrete.

 

Even if a sidewalk is made of a different material, like granite or another stone, there is a layer of concrete beneath it. 

 

In the last week, I spent 24 hours and 32 minutes on my phone, an average of 3 hours and 25 minutes per day. 

 

Concrete is quite simply a permanent grey material, a grey matter. 

 

Sometimes I just scroll and scroll and scroll. 

 

Grey matter makes up our central nervous system. It contains most of the brain’s neuronal cells which are responsible for muscle control and sensory perception. Seeing, hearing, memory, emotions, speech, decision making, and self-control. 

 

There is grey matter inside my head and outside my body. I live inside it, traverse across and through it. I

am simultaneously present in a virtual realm. The grey matter of my brain processes all aspects of my virtual existence in my computer and phone and also my physical existence, which is inevitably on a ground of concrete on some level. 

 

I am obsessed with screenshots, with the idea of screen as camera. 

 

Space contains everything. Memory space is limited. 

 

The digital object relies entirely on the use and storage of digital signals, binary values of voltage. There could never be a computer made of concrete. 

 

I did not take these 3,871 pictures and 440 videos for an art project.

 

This is my camera roll. 

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Camera Roll, digital inkjet print on silk

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My Concrete Computers, cast concrete

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iPhone Stacks, cast concrete

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