Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Digital Chaos: Exploring Relationships Between Technological Advancement and Visual Experience
by Giaquinto, Kevin, M.F.A., Rochester Institute of Technology, 2014, 42; 1561428
Abstract (Summary)

More so than any other time in history, humans are being exposed to an enormity of digital images every day. The internet, combined with accompanying technological advancements in cellular communication has created an exceptionally chaotic visual experience within the daily lives of millions of people. Through the use of digital photomontage, my artwork attempts to quantify and evaluate the impact that thousands of digital images may have on the emotional and psychological state of human beings. Concurrently, I am in interested exploring the mental repercussions of visual overload, specifically, how chaotic digital experiences may impact the quality of the human condition as a whole. I use the internet to recontextualize found images through a variety of digital manipulation methods to create a system of aesthetic and conceptual relationships. Each collage is comprised equally from images I have produced myself, and appropriated images found on the internet to indicate the increasingly ambiguous boundary between our physical and virtual realities. I often use images that imply a war-like opposition between our natural and technological environments. I believe such images are indicative of the conflicts that take place on a psychological plane of consciousness within our minds every day as we strive to cope with our new digital reality brought forth by rapid technological advancement.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Howard, Keith, Singer, Alan, Sodervick, Zerbe
Commitee: Singer, Alan, Sodervick, Zerbe
School: Rochester Institute of Technology
Department: Fine Arts Studio
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 53/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Fine arts, Art Criticism
Keywords: Art, Digital, Giaquinto, kevin, Photomontage, Printmaking, Technology
Publication Number: 1561428
ISBN: 9781321066784
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