My art practice reflects on our relationship to media technologies, especially surveillance and mind control, and in the process contemplates what a post-human art may look like. Organized under the umbrella concept of Cruft, I take apart, juxtapose, recycle, and interrupt the relentless flow of media to reveal a relationship in which we don't simply consume media, but are also consumed by it.
On the morning of September 11th, 2001, technology, warfare and the visual collide. I was in lower Manhattan, as I saw a small cloud of smoke rising above the towers. I was oblivious that two passenger planes were being subverted into missiles. I was experiencing warfare and terrorism and at the time I simply wondered if I would be late for work. The media showed images of the planes impact, and the buildings collapse in a repetitive loop. Our screens had become weapons of terror. The system of representation was hacked, much like the planes and through this spectacle we were forced to relive the moment in a never ending present. The main stream media controlled the message and the United States was going to go to war. It was these events, and my questioning of what happened to the images once they became digital leftovers that lead me to the making of digital collages I call Cruft, which are created by scraping the web using computational algorithms that remix mainstream media sites like CNN with social networks of individuals, and reproduce, in mimicry of the 24/7 media cycle, the narrow choices permitted in public discourse.