Live The Moment is a project for I researched and developed for school. The task was to research the idea of ‘time’ for one semester. This research of time lead me to the fact that people often live their lives through technology – they are truly not living the moment. Who is really doing the living? Is it the camera they are photographing their cherished moments with, the video camera taping the concert they’re at, or the cellphone communicating with their loved ones?
I then began to research the effects of technology and what it is doing to us. I was exposed to the term of Digital Natives. Digital Natives are the first generation to ever be raised entirely in a digital world. According to an article on Macleans.ca, constant access to technology is rewiring this generation’s brains negatively. It claimed technology is replacing the development of social skills, literacy and the will to read, etc. with the development of tech. related skills such as the ability to sort through lots of information quickly. Knowledge is no longer about how much information one can retain mentally, but rather how efficient they are at finding that information through Google.
This led me to analyze my peers and current social situations (as I am included in the oldest age bracket in the digital natives generation) and how I could help relay some awareness to my generation of how truly bionic we have become…and how unnatural it is. This generation requires constant entertainment to pay attention (as our attention spans are shortening), so my solution would have to be extremely engaging to ensure they would remain interested. How could I poke fun at some of the countless situations where technology has negatively entered our social sphere?
Credits For Video One
Music: Alexisonfire – Heading for the Sun
Actors: Kate Shaw, W Shane Duquette
Extra Help: Evan VanRooy, Michelle Paquette
Credits For Video Two
Music: Boyz Noise – Jeffer
Actors: W Shane Duquette, Payam Rajabi, Michelle Paquette, Chantalle Lovery, Mark Francais. Samantha Madonik
Extra Help: Evan VanRooy with lighting
Credits For Poster
Actors: Willem Shepherd, Michelle Paquette, Shane Duquette
been a long time since i’ve updated this. partly because i’ve been doing a lot more motion work, which always seems to be in production and never really finalizes. wrapping up my last year at university, so i’ll have a ton of new work to post on here. waiting to post some of the grad show portraits i took for our exhibition we’re putting on at the fermenting cellar in toronto.
here’s a shot of michelle i took as a test photo before i took it again using film (my digital camera is my light meter). thanks to payam for the lending of his studio lights.