VIRTUAL MATERIALITY

BY ERIC CULHANE

Time to Go Outside

Time To Go Outside is a posthumanist self-portrait. In isolation, time feels like it’s standing still but it just keeps on going. The longer I remain indoors, the more I begin to feel mechanically programmed to do routine things in order to keep functioning.  I created this idyllic, virtual outdoors environment on my computer with Photoshop. The scrolling background infinitely repeats “time to go outside” in binary code.

NUCLEAR ANXIETY

In the face of the climate apocalypse, social media allows for a digital escape from the physical world. "Nuclear Anxiety" depicts internal feelings of indifference and inaction that are derived from anxiety about climate change. Created by combining water colors and digital photo manipulation, the work combines digital/physical mediums to reconnect an increasingly digital presence to material reality.

EARTHQUAKE DELIVERY

“Earthquake Delivery” is a video art piece that represents the threat of privatized disaster relief. Combining footage and audio from a real emergency broadcast warning with a script that draws from corporate delivery products, the video positions natural disaster protocol against commercial mechanisms. Drawing from the relationship between private vs. public services, safety vs. profit, and automation vs. personification, the video suggests that capitalist tendencies are at the root of the current climate crisis.

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