Document Type

Thesis

Date of Degree

Spring 2015

Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)

Degree In

Art

First Advisor

Robert Glasgow

Abstract

The amount of information and the speed at which it is changing is fascinating and overwhelming. The capacity of our computer systems to process this information far exceeds the limits of our brains, making the systems of processing and organizing seem foreign and abstract. The anxiety caused by this information overload compels me to try and make sense of these systems by slowing things down, by recreating digital actions and artifacts by hand.

At times my need to archive this digital world is genuine and results in sincere attempts to create physical records of the software and programs we use. But this cloud full of information, data, systems, and images is so elusive and mysterious that the frustration of creating a genuine archive encourages me to pull from software and systems at will, mashing them up in ways that are both generative and degrading. These then result in quasi-scientific, semi-fictitious images and installations that investigate possible histories and cultures that this invisible world might hold.

Public Abstract

The amount of information and the speed at which it is changing is fascinating and overwhelming. The capacity of our computer systems to process this information far exceeds the limits of our brains, making the systems of processing and organizing seem foreign and abstract. The anxiety caused by this information overload compels me to try and make sense of these systems by slowing things down, by recreating digital actions and artifacts by hand.

At times my need to archive this digital world is genuine and results in sincere attempts to create physical records of the software and programs we use. But this cloud full of information, data, systems, and images is so elusive and mysterious that the frustration of creating a genuine archive encourages me to pull from software and systems at will, mashing them up in ways that are both generative and degrading. These then result in quasi-scientific, semi-fictitious images and installations that investigate possible histories and cultures that this invisible world might hold.

Keywords

publicabstract, art, digital archeology, digital media, printmaking

Pages

v, 22 pages

Bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (page 22).

Copyright

Copyright 2015 Jenny L. Braun

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