‘The Social Media Wall’ by Fine Art students from Leeds Beckett University, is a new 52-minute film with soundtrack by Nicole Johnson, presented on the 9m high Media Wall at Platform, managed by Bruntwood SciTech, Leeds, February 2022.
The work asks the following questions: What technology do I need? What can technology do to images? What might I look like this time next year? How do I want to be seen?''
When faced with the theme of technology and its role in our communication, image, and our perception of the passing of time, I immediately thought of my grandmother and the way she navigates the increasing reliance on technology. The portraits I took of her focus on themes of preservation of media through technology, older and newer types of photography, older styles and fashions blending in with new ones, and old habits sticking around despite the presence of new technology.
Living in a time when our existence is so heavily documented made me think about what can be classed as a self-portrait. Can documents say more about us than just a photograph?