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FACEBOOK FRIENDS  (LAID BARE)                                                                                   Click on thumbnails in gallery below to view larger image

Facebook Friends (Laid Bare) is a long-term project I have embarked upon to create balance in the digital world. Despite my quiet stand against digital “devices”, so much seems to be found or achieved inside my computer. I am not a big user of Facebook, but even for me some of my friends are there in the Facebook world.

I want to make sure I don’t unwittingly get swallowed up by the digital void and so have embarked on a quest to go to the home of everyone in my Facebook “friends list”, share a cuppa, laugh together, soak up their sensory world, and take home with me their portrait and a small slice of their story.

Although there is much that can be said in favour of social media, this project strives for social connection which is authentic, physical, active and sensory; that I have to walk or cycle or fly or drive to achieve; that is out in the world and leaves no room for the threat of the social isolation and retreat that can lurk in the security of digital contact. 

On another level, in a Guardian newspaper article entitled “Why the modern world is bad for your brain”, neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin explains how, in an era of multitasking with Facebook, email, text messages, and Twitter, our addiction to technology is making us less efficient. It is a neural addiction that leads to decision overload and increases stress levels. It is very hard on our neural resources. He says, “All this activity gives us a sense that we’re getting things done – and in some cases we are. But we are sacrificing efficiency and deep concentration when we interrupt our priority activities” (1)

My priority activity in this project is to embody these messages in my own process and make that activity a means of connection – the physical, fun, relaxing, energy-creating, life-affirming, human kind.

(1) Daniel J. Levitin. Extracted from The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

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