September 12, 2018

Why have we allowed the decline of the linear mind?

Why have we allowed the decline of the linear mind?

Rachel Hobkirk, 22

Constantly connected through ubiquitous, digital networks, images and information uploaded and dispersed through online channels so quickly that they become redundant the moment they are posted.

We are in a state of constant distraction in an attention-based economy which pulls us from one hyperlink to another. And now, we are paying the price: the decline of the linear mind. My mind drifts when I attempt to read real books, like the zigzagging line across the canvas, it cannot focus, it cannot stay straight. Emojis have near replaced written language and now I am over-saturated with a visual language which has several meanings. The eggplant Emoji isn’t just an eggplant. I am confused. The Internet seduces us, licks at our egos, all in an attempt to disguise the fact that it is nothing more than a white, empty void. We are pulled into the virtual reality of our screens so much that it becomes our physical reality. Its effects are shallow and immediate and soon we find ourselves unable to read properly, to think deeply. Our brains have become fractured, segmented by a technological abyss we cannot comprehend. We have declined into a shallow mind.

Give It Good Licky Lick What, 2017
Acrylic and oil on canvas
80 x 100 cm