Man & Technology
The Original Swipe
Back To The Future
Detach To Attach
In Summer 2017 “Man & Technology” Collection of Rumisu we have explored & illustrated various ways we deal with technology in our daily lives. Electronics, robotics, mechanization and a multitude of high tech devices and social media applications have deeply changed the way we experience and document our lives.
In “Original Swipe”, we humorously poke fun at how ‘selfies’ changed the way we record the important moments of our lives, by asking a funny ‘what if’ question. If Adam & Eve had a smartphone, what sort of scenes would have taken place underneath the forbidden fruit tree?
“Detach to Attach” asks why we feel so disconnected from our loved ones, despite having more tools to ‘be connected’ at our disposal than at any other time in history. Should we blame social media for this feeling?
What about robots and artificial intelligence; how will they be affecting us? Will they be taking over just the boring & mundane tasks of our lives, or the entire world? Should we beware of the “Mechanical Agents”?
“Glitch” print points out that we are losing a big part of the cultural richness and diversity of our planet as a result of ‘globalization’. These days we all consume one ‘global’ media & homogenous entertainment channels, and as a result we tend to dress the same, act the same and think the same way. How can we preserve the distinct natures of our cultures?
“Back to the Future” challenges our assumption that humanity is ‘advancing’ in its quest for ‘civilization’ over time. Observing the incredible levels of violence humans still regularly unleash on each other, we question if we are uncomfortably closer to our ‘wild cave-dwelling ancestors’ at heart, rather than the ‘sophisticated Mars-bound space-explorers’ that we think we are.
Finally, “Happy Places” is the visual expression of an obvious truth that we try to remind ourselves periodically; that the function of technology is to serve humanity. It is here to relieve us of stress, to gain us valuable time, and to transport us to our happy places, both physically and metaphorically. Yet at times, it seems it is us who serves ‘technology’, by becoming prisoners of our high-tech devices & hurried lives. Thus, “Happy Places” print is a welcome reminder of who should be the ‘boss’ in the relationship between “Man & Technology”.