Sunday, March 15, 2015
Response To Heidegger’s Essay: Artist Statement
After reading the excerpt from The Question Concerning Technology by Martin Heidegger, I had to take some time to think a little deeper about the message and what was trying to be said. I struggled a bit with the reading, but I eventually came to what I think Heidegger was trying to convey. While he seemed a little critical of technology and the pace of development that it was reaching, Heidegger isn’t completely anti-technology. Technology seems to have always had a state of omnipresence, but I think he was rather concerned with how rapid technology is developing and what impact it has on interfering with nature. In a way, I think that we have reached a point in time where we cannot really slow down the development and progress of technology in the world. In response, I created a video that shows a sort of ‘what if’ scenario. Technology isn’t perfect. It has flaws and glitches. I made a video including glitch art; it shows a view of a day in the life of a person, but everything is buggy and glitchy. It also includes a bit of “timestream displacement;” sometimes the video skips around to another time of the day. This was done to refer back to how technology has developed so rapidly over time that it may even mess with time itself. While this is a bit of an exaggeration, and while I don’t really think technology will come to that point, I wanted to show what may happen if technology become so intertwined with people’s lives, and how a person’s life may become glitchy itself.