VJ installation / by Erin Guan, Sourrain,  Fei Han /2019

Self-observation is based on biological nature which drives human beings to adjust themselves in different aspects through self-modification. From ancient time to the early 18th century, with the invention of mirror and photography, people have formed the habit of self-observation by using different materials to form self-appreciation and self-development. The rise of social media provides new platforms that allow people to express themselves through selfies which are captured and shared online. As a fact, our self-observation is shaped by standard perfection in the fast-evolving social media gradually.

    In the current information era, we are constantly exposed to a highly distracting environment as social media evolves. There is tremendous amount of information to draw our attention and distract us. To find out more about the reasons of our distraction, we made a social experiment observing the process of communication online and off-line. The result showed that our observers were easily distracted by both their technological devices and real-life stimulants. The participants are not fully focused on one task at the same time and are unconsciously led to multiple tasks.

    Based on this phenomenon, we began to investigate online playgrounds of social media and its influence on distraction and to explore visually the relationship in AR. We use the method of visualising one’s indentity in layered simulated with distortion. We found that the presence of both a realistic surrounding and augmented visuals (AR) draw a closer relationship between our sense of self in the real world, to our perfection driven online persona.

Background research

Self-centred generation build their social life online

Self-observation is something we have been doing since the ancient time. From the early mirrors, photography in the 18th century, in this day and age of technological advance, through selfie that is shared and recorded online constantly. Our biological nature drives us, human beings, to adjust ourselves closer to perfection through self modification and development. Today, our image of perfection is often shaped by media. The current development of social media sets fast evolving trends and we not only feel the need to keep up, but also to draw closer to the ideal that is changing by the day.

We became interested in this phenomenon and would like to investigate visually in AR the relationship between online playgrounds and its effect of distraction on ourselves. AR, in our opinion, draws a closer relationship between our sense of self in the real world, to our perfection driven online persona.

Monday Nov 5 2018