j.fenlon portfolio

What do images do? Media - tokens passed from hand to hand. Are smartphones telepathy? When we watch video shot in Beijing, China, is a part of us there? What about footage of someone captured at their worst -- confined in prison, say, in 2011. We are meeting this person now, but now for this person is -- perhaps not imprisoned? Perhaps some other experience entirely?

Fall into high definition, perfection, escape. When do we remember this is created? When do we remember this has been cropped to tell me a story? How complete must the image of myself be on this network? Shh something important is happening on screen.

In the context of perfection demanded or expected by computers, what about the broken, the fractured image? What about the glitch, revealing the permeabiliy/fragility of digital media?

Students and faculty where Screen/ing installed were afraid that the work brokenAlphabet, displayed on campus billboards, were evidence that the campus had been hacked. The campus pulled the work from exhibition until I edited in bumpers explaining.

In a world of google-able "thinking we know" and didactic websites, ambiguity triggers . . .