Emma Bradley


Discarded Electronics, 2016

Using a life-size installation, I analyzed the theme of “place” with an historical and social lens, aspiring to address humanity’s place in time, and where we are headed in the future. In today’s society we are infatuated with technology. It holds our attention captive, no matter how old we are. The TV emits a very high-pitched sound that only younger people can hear, communicating with them as a metaphor for the younger generation’s increased connections to technology. Some people have become so dependent on technology that they feel they “need” it as much as water, air or food!

This becoming more and more of a problem as we have limitless access to the virtual world, yet we are quickly losing touch with the real world. As we “progress” we are becoming more and more like the machines we live with: emotionless robots. In addition to this, with the new capabilities of science and technology, “designer babies”, gene therapy and other services can manipulate human DNA and change the life it gives. The use of broken electronics is symbolic of how society degrades both life and technology, throwing away anything less than “perfect”, happily accepting the newest fad. Humans will be created by technology and could become sterile in their “perfection”. By losing its diversity, our society will build a plastic facade of what it means to be human. Are we still human, if we can build and program a machine to perform the same actions, and possibly, to have the same emotions? Is there a point at which controlling evolution creates something else altogether?