July 30, 2020

Is reality real?

Adam Stent, 23

‘The simulation is broken’, is a phrase that is posted and shared throughout social media whenever something previously thought to be unimaginable makes news headlines. Given the surreal nature of the world that we are currently living in, a complex philosophical theory has been reduced into a meme. The idea that the world as we see it is part of a ‘simulation’, can be thought to originate in some form from The Allegory of the Cave by Plato, over 2000 years ago. The Simulation theory as it exists today is portrayed in the 1999 science fiction film The Matrix. In its modern context the theory that our living experience is a simulation emphasises the lack of control we feel existing in todays world. As a photographer that focuses purely on constructed image making, my work often contradicts the behaviour of the world for the sake of the camera. My photographs follow the philosophy behind ‘The simulation is broken’. I want to scrutinise the legitimacy of The Simulation, using my unique photographic voice. Are we able to gain a sense of control in a world that feels so beyond our control?

Plastic Photography, 2020Film Photography50 x 50 cm