Sunday November 01, 2015

We're so connected we're disconnected

A still from the Network Effect project, which presents you with a fast-moving, overwhelming and voyeuristic look at online life.

A still from the Network Effect project, which presents you with a fast-moving, overwhelming and voyeuristic look at online life.

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Artist, anthropologist and computer scientist Jonathan Harris' latest project (along with Gregory Hochmuth) is the Network Effect, an exploration of the psychological effect of internet use on humanity.

"In some way the internet is like this beautiful dance we're all addicted to watching." - Jonathan Harris

With millions of data points, the project imitates the experience of browsing the web in order to get a snapshot of interconnected humanity. And what it finds is that we seem more disconnected than ever. Network Effect is a powerful critique of the limitations of constant immersion online, and a reminder of the time and space we need in this digital age.

You can also check out Jonathan's previous project We Feel Fine.