A Place Where There Is No Darkness

A Place Where There Is No Darkness

Claire Kidd

This piece uses surreal/glitch imagery to depict my growing concern about the extent of surveillance culture and how much of our lives are documented. It draws inspiration from both digital media and literature. My shift in interest was born of the map update on social media app, Snapchat, and its ability to track users in your contacts. This internal unease would turn into six months’ worth of research spanning digital hacking, public content law and lead me to Googlemaps. Googlemaps became a perfect market of source imagery, the irony of this being that none of those I depicted had given consent to Google (or myself) to use their image. 
This work aims to create an environment that is initially curious and lucrative in hiding its potentially harmful traits, it’s mapping buttons and watchfulness. Its title contextually links to Winston (the protagonist of 1984) and his misplaced hope in A Place Where There Is No Darkness. For me, this is a progression of my own thought – it describes my concern for privacy beginning to outweigh the convenience and connectivity of my devices.

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