Art reminds us to appreciate the present

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DIGITAL CULTURE IS THE SUBJECT OF SATIRICAL ARTWORKS WHICH REMIND US TO PAY MORE ATTENTION TO THE REAL WORLD –

Railway stations are the setting of many a romantic story. But also where I spotted this sad reflection of modern relationships.

The frieze around Paul Day’s ‘Meeting Place’ sculpture in St Pancras station shows the history of London’s Tube. As Day explained the frieze is: “intended to capture the gaze of passers-by and lead them on a short journey of reflections about travel and change.”

This element certainly feels like a statement about the changing the way we connect with others due to technology. It seems to mock those which rush by, heads bowed to the screens which rule their lives.

The debate about whether life follows art is a long running one. Day and other artists such as Tom Price have seen something in our digital culture they feel worth capturing. That many can identify and connect with if they take the time to notice it.

NATURE AND NETWORK

Tom Price’s ‘Network’, an 8ft man of metal, was shown at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The stark choice of material and colour contrasted with the countryside. It looked out of place, as did the actions of the figure who was too engrossed in his online world to notice the beauty of nature.

 

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DIGITAL CULTURE CALLS FOR BALANCE

Screens are here to stay as part of every day life (until technology advances beyond them.)

I believe my generation, the last to remember life without the internet, has a really important role in getting digital natives to have off-screen downtime. We ought to understand and demonstrate how to use technology in smart ways to enhance experiences and relationships and not let it take over.

We can stop the increase of smombies and show them how to have the best of both the virtual and real worlds.

CREATE HAPPY CONTENT

One way I choose to connect both aspects of my life is  through Instagram. I make an effort to have experiences worth recording. I force myself look up from my phone and notice the world around me. I seek out things which look nice, stuff with an interesting story or inspires me in some way and share with others. 

Follow my story @amywardlaw.

P.S. ‘Smombie’ was originally a German word, ‘Handy’ is another that I love. 

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