I Dream of Screens (2018 - ongoing)
I Dream of Screens meditates on the abstract nature of human connection in the digital era and the ambiguous role of the smartphone in contemporary life; invasive tech that is designed to be addictive, instrument of activism and democratic knowledge distribution, and emotionally charged object through which intimate information passes. In an experimental version of the photogram method, light-sensitive photographic paper used in traditional printing processes absorbs synthetic light from a smartphone screen, which is used to paint’ or ‘stamp’ light onto the paper in the darkroom. This collage of ‘analogue screenshots’ is used to build the image of a device, a 1.5mtall slowed-down, smartphone selfie. Antithetical to the richly detailed and stimulating online world, the largely monochrome work shows little in terms of visual detail, but the clues to its origin exist in the seductive smoothly rounded corners of a smartphone and the imprint of timestamps, faintly visible within the print. The concept of I Dream of Screens is bound to its material and its process, with the work refecting on the compulsive pull of the smartphone. In using analogue methods to re-make this portal into the digital world, the internet becomes something physical that can be controlled, paused to examine closely. The fleeting gestures of scrolling and swiping are distilled into a physical artefact, an analogue record of digital processes.