“Connect device, if the device does not turn on, examine the connection before reconnecting.”
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In our age of hyper-connectivity, the convenience of our mobile devices, the internet, and social media makes it increasingly more difficult to disconnect. According to wearesocial.com’s global digital report, there are 5.11 billion mobile users, 4.39 billion internet users, and 3.48 billion social media users in the world today. It’s estimated that last year 1 trillion images were taken. Will a single image ever garner the same weight as it used to? And how has the responsibility of an image changed over time? The use of the words disconnect and unplug have grown in popularity--buzz words of our everyday. Technology has allowed us access to people and places all over the globe, while simultaneously distracting us from the present moment.
We depend on our devices; Google maps leads us to our destinations, Facetime keeps us in touch with family/friends, and various social media apps help amplify and shape our personal experiences. How has our online socialization affected our connections? Does the constant documentation of our lives serve a purpose beyond our own self-aggrandizing ego? Does having more information equal more connection? Will we ever be truly connected or disconnected?
In this show, we hope to visually convey the feeling of disconnect.
We invite you to submit 1-3 photos that represent what the word Disconnect means to you.
Please submit work by September 1, 2019.
The gallery show will be on display from October 3 – 9, 2019 at The Contact Gallery (302 Morgan Ave) in Bushwick, Brooklyn. You will be notified of our decision by September 9, 2019, and will need to print, frame, and deliver your accepted image(s).
All images should be printed at least 8x10 in size and no larger than 24x36. It can be framed in any style gallery frame. If you want your piece unframed please let us know in advance so we can work out an alternative method.
SPECIAL CONTEST: One analog submission will be selected by the Lomography team to be featured in the show. The winner will also be gifted a Lomo’Instant Automat courtesy of Lomography.