Week 9

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Q: In the series Dystopia, what do you think are the main concepts, in relation to the digital effect and process?

Haziz and Cucher are trying to make a statement about the loss of individuality with the digital effects such as photo editing. Nowadays, any image can be edited, altered and distorted to look in a particular way. With this process, we loose the real and genuine truth within a picture. The artists wanted to address this feeling in their published work. They said “Furthermore, with the end of truth in photography has come a corresponding loss of trust; every image, every representation, is now a potential fraud.” While technology improves, photographs are more about how well they can be distorted to look perfect and less about representing an individual truthfully and genuinely. The expectations of attractiveness in pictures are at a level that could never be attained without the correct and appropriate editing. A dystopia is the opposite of utopia. Utopia means ideal and means that a society is supposed to be perfect. However, dystopia on the other hand is a society where everything is unpleasant or bad. By eliminating or covering up the people’s features such as their eyes, mouths, ears and noses the artist creates an image that is somewhat unpleasant to look at. Furthermore, I would think that people living in a dystopia would lack some rights, for example freedom of speech. These imagines might represent how people in a dystopia are not allowed to speak for themselves, view things their own way etc.

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