Layers of Reality

Digital Collage (Painting, Photography)

Dimension variable

2017

 

The constant use of smartphone not only changed the way we communicate with each other, but also had a large impact on the way we perceive the world and how we deal with our surrounding. It seems that through nowadays’ technology, our environment is perceived in layers: our surrounding, partially covered by our phones capturing every moment or comparing it with the beautiful pictures we see on photo-based apps like Instagram. When we see the data on our screens, though, they interfere with the traces we left behind: smudged from the fat and the dirt of our fingers.

 

This series of digital collages mimics the process of layering of the world: Covering parts of the images, it relates to the how we perceive the world around us in layers when we use our smartphones. The content of the collages is an assembly of different visual material that is connected to smartphones. They are put together from scanned paintings that re-enact the gestures we perform on our smartphones (tapping, dragging, swiping, zooming), photos from my smartphone archive and photos that have been taking from the surrounding reflecting on the screen.

 

 

 

Layers of Reality #1, Michaela Putz 2017
Layers of Reality #2, Michaela Putz 2017
Layers of Reality #3, Michaela Putz 2017
Layers of Reality #4, Michaela Putz 2017