January 31, 2022

Are We Losing Sight of What Makes Us Human?

Mary Baillie

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Sculpture – Plastic Components, Mirrored Panels, Circuit-Boards; Accompanying Video (133 Seconds)REFLECTION, 202120cmx20cmx20cm

This work focuses on the impact of technology on the human brain. Numerous research studies illustrate that technology alters human physiology, adversely affecting our memory, attention spans, social interactions and sleep cycles. This is attributed to a scientific phenomenon known as neuroplasticity, or the brain’s ability to alter its behaviour based on new experiences throughout life.

Technology is presenting a number of ethical and moral questions about our relationships and society as a whole by reducing socialisation and interaction; introducing AI and virtual reality in sexual behaviour; and, exacerbating mental health issues around self-image and self-esteem. Entitled ‘REFLECTION’, the mirrors on the inside, and outside, of the box are to ‘reflect’ yourself when you look at the work and question how you interact with technology, not just internet use.

The video to accompany the sculpture is constructed of digitally manipulated images of brain scans illustrating areas of the brain that are stimulated by technology (pieces of circuit-board have been applied to these areas on the skull). Ultimately, the artwork/video are questioning

‘If technology has the ability to make us think, feel and even dream differently, is it fundamentally changing who we are?

Are we losing sight of what makes human?