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Melanie Stewart: Blissomatic Surreal

Juxtaposing the contemporary fervor over accessibility and productivity against a sentimental perspective about the simpler joys of life.

Melanie Stewart’s two-part installation the Blissomatic Surreal is based on her own love-hate relationship with technology. As an installation artist, she embraces technological tools in the fusion of video, photo manipulation, and sound collages with traditional arts. Conversely she cringes at the bleed of professional life into personal life due to “always with us” and ”always on” technologies like email and cell phones. With the installation the Blissomatic Surreal the artist juxtaposes the contemporary fervor over accessibility and productivity, against a sentimental perspective about the simpler joys of life associated with the sixties and seventies. Her installation leaves the audience to confront their own personal map of the breakdown between these two spaces.

Year: 
2009