Artist Statement

 

I explore the ritualistic spaces of culture enacted through digital means. I create tools and images that work to reveal the subliminal effects of media on our world-view. I look to develop new ways of seeing beyond the seductive qualities of an image in order to discover new possibilities of understanding the system in which we live and participate.

 

It is important to my work that the images are performative. Meaning I create them in real-time, which allows me to open up a dialogue with the medium in the moment. I respond to the image or process and listen to what it says. This is specifically important to electronic media, as there is a certain amount of intelligence inherently present in a circuit (analog) or software (digital) that I am not responsible for. I seek to actively break, hack, and process to explore beyond the seductive qualities of the image in order to understand the subliminal codes driving representation in the 21st Century. By deconstructing the image it gives me a way to humanize it and reveal unseen connections. I look for pathways of understandings with our digital and non-digital existence.

© 2020 Eric Souther