Untitled (i'm feeling lucky #4)
This project is a direct response to the contemporary artistic discussion regarding the notion of globalism and the increasingly virtual world in which we live. It is a response most directly to Bishop, and her attitude towards art as being elevated, or separate from society. In this work, I paralleled this method of artistic creation by forcing the viewer to have access to a particular form of modern technology--or the work is simply inaccessible to them. This division of "selective viewing" makes a poignant statement towards the increasingly virtual society in which we live, and the way how this very society, as well as this work, forces the individual to adapt, in the form of technology. The process I used also responds to John Cage's affinity towards the Zen method of incorporating chance within his work. Each of these 26 symbols are a type of "code alphabet", that links the viewer, or participator, to a web page that starts with a letter within the traditional alphabet. Using the "I'm Feeling Lucky" and "Autofill" features on the search engine Google, I typed in the letter of the alphabet I desired, and selected the 4th option down, regardless of personal bias. The work thusly becomes less of the destination the code leads the viewer, but the actual effort and technological affinity required to even fully understand the work.