I once had an art teacher that said that for something to be art, it was necessary that it contained a vision on our society as it is now, an analysis of it, society as a whole, or only a tiny part of it, by comparison, projection, enlargement, … . If this is the case*, you may definitely call Strawberry Holiday’s latest installation SLart - or maybe you can’t. Hmm… Anyway, reading about ‘Disconnected’ on Chestnut Rau’s blog I got curious about that prim lady sitting in an orb on a couch in front of a TV, next to two pc’s with a portable phone and a music player at that. What’s disconnected about that, she has all possible means of communications right near her? Well, not exactly. That beautiful technology dome separates her from the - also beautiful - green outside. She does not notice the things happening Outside, the leaves dropping, season changing, avatars dropping by to watch her, … .
Being - kinda - fanatic about web, ‘web 2.0′, virtual worlds and the like, I - think - to understand what Miss Strawberry wants to express with this installation. But I can’t whole hearted agree with this. We get more ‘news’ and ’status updates’ on the people around us then 10 years ago. I often know about something major going on at the other side of the world, before our television stations, as somebody mentions it on Plurk, IM, Skype, Facebook, … . BUT there’s so much distortion coming in also. Information overload, if you wish to call it that way. And the moment you can’t filter that constant stream of data anymore, that it becomes overkill, and you miss the important things because there is just to much, well, then you’re really disconnected. Eerr… so for Strawberry Holiday’s photography contest, I took the liberty to mod her art a bit, adding supplementary data noise. I hope she does not hold this against me, because now I can find myself in her installation, a full 100%.
If you want to see the original and interpret it yourself - and maybe even correct me where I’m wrong -, teleport to Starfish Four, 73, 133, 27. More on Miss Strawberry Holiday and her works, you can find at StrawberryHoliday.com.
* That same teacher said ‘mentally handicapped’ people could not produce art, which is pretty strange, as I don’t call cutting your own ear off exactly sane.