Technology is like two sides of a coin; at one side it makes life easier, at the other it enslaves those who are too dependent on it. The generation growing up on the 80’s is the witness to the extremely rapid development of digital technology in the past 30 years. The wildest dreams and most outrageous imaginations of writers, artists, film makers, and artistic designers are all came to live.
Communication technology has shortened the distance, time and space. The internet universe came to Indonesia in the mid 90’s with the use of external modem the size of a book with only several kbps which now has evolved into a modem with several Mbps that is so small it is embedded in mobile phone – itself has experienced evolution from a home phone that gets smaller, thinner and then got bigger again as the human needs evolved from a mere talking device to compact communication device where we read, communicate in audio-visual as well as verbal modes. The world is indeed in our hands.
But who is in whose hands, actually? Is the technology in our hands, or are we in the grip of technology? The fact is, from the moment we wake up to the moment we close our eyes, the mobile phone that has turned into a full-fledged sophisticated gadget is the one thing that we touch first and last. For some people, their gadgets never sleep and stand alert for 24 hours. Indeed, gadget or device has becomes a necessity, a life line.
Is it true that gadget has grown, made easier and made social communication better? Isn’t it also true that on the other hand, gadget has made a social isolation for its user? Those who are gadget-addicts, with all their social media activities, are so engulfed in their own world in their hands that they are alienating themselves from the real world surrounding them.
After IQ is evolved into SQ and EQ, would we need the development of GQ – the intelligence to utilize gadget? Who knows…
Based on these conditions my creations for year 2015 emerge – those that are presented in Philo Art Space.