Part of the Reflections On An Age of Anxiety Series. The Hills Have Eyes is a Digital Collage which goes off grid and takes to the mountains to evade the all pervading, all seeing eye of globalized big data collection and electronic surveillence. George Orwell has left the building and Big Brother has made an entrance of truely epic proportions. Personal Privacy is dead or dying with detailed information about our location, shopping preferences, social groups, interests, what news paper articles we prefer, what kind of opinions we hold, what businesses we frequent, etc. Being broadcast on a constant basis; before being collated and sold amongst large corporations and governmental organisations for huge profits. Those street corners which bristle with CCTV cameras seem quaint by comparison to the sophistication of Smartphones, Computers and other wearable technologies in gathering, integrating and transmitting detailed information about our locations and behaviours. In the modern world we are perpetually 'On The Air' and once our information is in the wind we have no way of controlling it, or getting it back.
Part of the Reflections On An Age of Anxiety Series. A Suffocating Presence is a Digital Collage unmasking the blight of Air Pollution in our industrialized world. According to the World Health Organization Air Pollution is one of the worlds leading preventable causes of death. Air Pollution takes a toll of almost 7 million lives a year worldwide. Contributing to the development of non-communicable respiratory diseases, ischemic heart disease and increased vulnerability to secondary infections. In some of our worlds more industrialized and densely populated cities, exercising outside for even short periods will now do more harm than good due to the inhalation of fine particulates and industrial emmisions. Time for a break in the country . . .
Part of the Reflections On An Age of Anxiety Series. All Tomorrows Weather is a Digital Collage which visualises the link between the Coal Burning and Mining activities we carry out on or underground and the resulting consequences for our Skies. As a result of carbon emissions our atmosphere is becoming warmer. Greater atmospheric temperatures result in a more energetic atmosphere, larger heat differentials from area to area and ultimately stronger winds and more extreme weather formations. Yesterday Hurricane Irma the biggest ever hurricane recorded over the Atlantic began tearing its way through the island communities of the Caribbean on its way to make landfall in Florida by the weekend. It is the second Megastorm to form over the Atlantic in three weeks which is in of itself unprecedented. Climate scientists are fearing this could be the new normal.
Part of the Reflections On An Age of Anxiety Series. Exodus from Mother Earth is a Digital Collage which highlights serious considerations that are being made to jump ship. We are now living in a new Geological era. The Anthropocene is defined as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment. We are told that extinction rates are rising, celebrities are dying, the oceans are becoming acidified, genetic diversity is waning and that even the Great Barrier Reef may no longer be salvagable. All the while plans are being made for some of us to to reach Mars for a chance to establish a colony and to begin anew.
Part of the Reflections On An Age of Anxiety Series. All Dried Up is a composite Digital Collage which questions the wisdom of the relentless drive towards maximizing fossil fuel extraction through Fracking and other new techniques at a time when profound ecological pressures are raising the spectre of Global Warming on our collective horizons. With the expansion of renewable energy technologies coming online, its time for us to shift our focus away from squeezing out every last drop!