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by Charles Baumstark

Recent years have witnessed a radical change in our society’s view on communication technologies and in the appreciation individuals have of them.

This evolution from excitement to rejection has gradually happened alongside the awareness of our impact on the environment and nature, resulting in an always growing tendency to physically isolate ourselves from each other, and from society.

If we urgently need to disconnect from the superfluous, we also need to be aware of our place in our contemporary world, and reconnect with it in a balanced way.

The intention of this project is not to know wether we should stop using technology, or cut ourselves from a connected (or even hyper connected) society, but rather to engage each and everyone of us into a reflection about our own, responsible, use of them. However, if that answer is individual and should be the result of an inner questioning, it is only through communicating with each other that it can be found.

Far from a simple ‘critic’ of our consumption of communication technologies, this work is rather an invitation to find and appreciate our own balance in our exposure to, and use of those technologies, as well as to acknowledge the beauty they sometimes generate.

[Dis/re]-connecting creates the opportunity and space to disconnect, reflect, and reconnect with our inner selves and with our contemporary technological environment.


Photo © Nichon Glerum

Photo © Jana Scarbakowa

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