Mixed Media: iPhones, Charging Cables, Power Boards,
As the world becomes increasingly unstable, the first things that young people see and react to when they wake up each morning is the negative news headlines on their phones. Waking up and scrolling through one’s phone includes seeing stories about: climate change, an unstable political climate, decreasing amount of entry level jobs, unaffordable housing markets, and many more. So how do young people deal with this information? They connect. Personal communication devices allow for instant communication to whoever you want, whenever you want. This constant state of being connected with one another, however comforting at times, is mostly overwhelming. How do you disconnect, when they are constantly connected? What does it mean to be offline, and how important is it? How does someone create connections with another person, through the stale online environment that is sharing messages, or images?
All of these questions and thoughts are explored in Cudmore’s mixed media Yeah. Please don’t message me again. She uses the everyday objects of a phone to communicate the overwhelming nature of online connection, while the constant dinging of message tones confronts the audience’s other senses – creating an all-round confronting experience. Viewer’s not only want to escape the room that the artwork is shown in, they also want to read every message that appears on the phones. Appealing to human’s morbid sense of curiosity, audience members can’t wait to get a glimpse into a stranger’s personal lives – concocting their own stories and mysteries about the parties involved. Cudmore creates an absolutely overwhelming and confusing artistic experience that viewers will be thinking about (and hearing) for days.