Connected Video Project
Although the internet has been an invaluable technological tool throughout the course of the pandemic — acting as a tool of connection, education, and provide a sense of normalcy — it has become apparent that the longer we stay connected to our devices and social media outlets, the more disconnected we become to reality. There is a blurred line appearing between us and the mobile apps we use on a daily basis, with our consumption growing greater by the day.
More explicitly, Social Media, which has made it possible to connect with the world, filled the void of what was lost at the hands of quarantine, seen most during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic that required us to isolate and practice social distancing. And with the lack of human interaction, the gravitation towards digital platforms took over. And while the use of social media can be beneficial, their use presents underlying systemic exploitation — invasions of privacy for example — that seems incalculable, and therefore not often scrutinized.
Dis(connected) will help people see it clearly.
Connecting is a short film that documents the interconnectedness of society even during a time when we were so far apart. Overlapping imagery, text, sounds, video, and social media posts are used to showcase the hectic nature of 2020, how we were connected to our computers, phones and tablets so frequently. While we were overwhelmed there was a collective connectedness that took place, a solidarity that we were not alone during online schooling, that we could join together and spread awareness and organize social justice movements, that we could share information and facts about covid-19, that we could still see each other and form lasting bonds, that there is hope to come together in person again.
Dis(Connected) is in collaboration with Emily Quast
This project is shown at the Rutgers University- Newark Arts, Culture & Media 2021 Graphic Design Undergraduate Capstone Program