Below is an excerpt from our conversation about my new series www.noshow.social
The full show is here: http://bbc.in/2fBlfsj
I encourage you to listen to the entire program however, if you're in a hurry my interview begins around (7:10).
This spring I became immersed in the fake Facebook event phenomenon where people were creating and promoting bogus concerts online. I set out to photograph as many as I could, even if that meant photographing a rural South Carolina video rental store at 2:30am. Like my Removed series, this body of work relies heavily on direct interaction with other humans while I explore the messy intersection of the physical and virtual world. In simplest terms, the project is an example of the divisiveness and manipulation that occurs through our beloved social media platforms.
The entire series and statement can be found at www.noshow.social
**Today (November 1, 2016) around 3:30pm EST I will be speaking about NoShow on the BBC during the radio show Click. You can launch the BBC Live Player here.
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In October I was invited to speak at the opening celebration for a new cafe and book store, Kibbitznest Books, Brews & Blarney in Chicago. Here is the photograph I made during my artist talk about my series Removed. Thanks to my buddies who came out to support me and thank you to Lewis and Anne Neri Kostiner for the generous invitation.
Thank you Wallace Witkowski for including "Angie and Me" and a mention of Removed in his piece that deeply explores the research of Dr. Larry Rosen about device use and connection.
I have excitedly waited all summer to view my talk from TEDxPantheonSorbonne in Paris, France in June of 2016. I had an incredible time meeting the people and experiencing the culture of Paris and still cannot believe they gave me the opportunity to be the opening speaker of the event. I owe the team at TEDxPantheonSorbonne so much more than a sincere thank you. They really are a wonderful group of people.
I am also happy to share the photograph I made during my talk.
I will be presenting my Removed series as well as new work at TEDxCharlotte on October 28, 2016 and the remaining tickets went on sale last night at midnight. They will be gone by this evening so if you plan to attend the event then this is your only chance! The line up of speakers is truly amazing and attending a TEDx event is such an inspiring and life changing experience.
Thanks to Resource Magazine for including me as guest editor and to share my Removed series in the "Social Media" Summer Issue. The issue includes 11 photographs and a short essay that I wrote about my practice and the project.
Resource Mag is available at bookstores and studios across the U.S. You can order a copy here.
**More Studio News**
I have been deep into a new project the past few months and am headed to my darkroom now to process film that will conclude my new series. The work will be released in mid-October and I will be giving a sneak peek of the project during an artist talk that I am giving at The Light Factory in Charlotte, NC on September 29th.
While I was in Chicago last week making new work, I was followed by Central China Television as they filmed a short documentary about my practice. They interviewed me at Columbia College Chicago in the darkroom where I once worked. They also spoke with the brilliant and prolific Terry Evans who was my professor for a documentary photography course in 2009 and who also has work in an important and pressing exhibition at the MoCP. The short will be be out early 2017.
Thanks @jonfeinstein for including my TEDxBend talk on Humble Arts Foundation Blog! It is surreal to be on a list with artists whose work I have admired for so many years.
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Removed is a series about device use that came from a very personal place. Making the photographs was a way for me to confront and analyze the changes I was seeing in the lives around me. The work going viral made evident that noticing this shift was universal.
As the creator of this series, I still find it difficult to partition my device use from my personal and family time. I knew there had to be a product out there that would help my family, friends, and supporters of my work regain control over where and when we use our smartphones.
A few months ago I began a dialogue with Aaron Zar, the founder of Silent Pocket. His line of patented soft goods serves the dual purpose of keeping your digital information safe as well as helping users to disconnect from their devices. Sliding your device into a Silent Pocket Faraday Sleeve blocks all incoming messages, emails, wifi, etc. which allows you to “Mind The Grid” as their slogan simply states. This feels different than powering the device down and allows you to quickly and fully engage with the individuals or tasks that are right in front of you.
I am excited to announce my partnership with Silent Pocket as we release the limited edition run of the REMOVED.SOCIAL Cell Phone Faraday Sleeve. I've been using mine at home while with my family and even while working on location so that I can be fully engaged in making my photographs. I am thrilled to see the launch of this product as I know it will positively impact the lives and relationships of so many people around the world!