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Cognitive Sensations – Ant Hamlyn

‘Me’ stands for me. It’s the chemical symbol of Me. The 119th element. That’s Me. The rush, the glitz the
glamour. Me. The dopamine hit of me. I love you, I love me. It’s about you but it’s about me. I’m thankful for
you. I’m thankful for me.

One Hundred and Nineteen, Me. is a live, reactive sculptural window that repeatedly scans, filters and displays optimistic, thankful posts by complete strangers across Twitter. Through the consistently unpredictable content of the tweets, the narrative of the work continuously fluctuates 24 hours a day, generating an extensive archive of digitised thankfulness.

Drawing on a more positive perspective of social media, Hamlyn’s artwork emphasises the emotional role of digital technology in bringing people together. This outlook is reflected by technology journalist Nick Bilton, who describes the mobile phone as an extension of our relationships, and the bond and association we have with ‘the people we love, care about, and interact with on a daily basis’.

Although Hamlyn resists some of the existing cynicism in the face of the social impact of digital technology, his artwork also calls to question the hyperbolic nature of these tweets and their audience, and their potential as tools for self help, competition and the constant need for reassurance. One Hundred and Nineteen, Me. highlights the centralisation of the self online, which can sometimes be submerged and lost through life in the physical world.

 

 

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THECUBE London is hosting Cognitive Sensations, an exhibition and events programme examining the effect digital media has on our brains, functions and behaviours. We work closely with curator Gabriella Warren-Smith, and are looking forward to welcoming you into our space, for you to explore this thematic further. We are closed over Christmas and New Years, however are back with exciting new events from January onwards. For updates on any upcoming events, please click here.