Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Title

Buffering...

Date of Award

1-1-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.F.A. in Art

First Advisor

Durant Thompson

Second Advisor

Virginia Rougon Chavis

School

University of Mississippi

Relational Format

dissertation/thesis

Abstract

Buffering… focuses on scenes from everyday life such as cooking breakfast or a day at the office which are presented in a half-rendered frozen form. The works are partially pixilated in certain areas to create a sense of perpetual buffering illustrating a never-ending frustration between advancement and expectation. This body of work is meant to create an opportunity for viewer to experience a sensation of tension while information perpetually buffers. This sensation reflects how society has been conditioned by its technological devices and their implied promises of instant gratification. This body of work aims to shed light on the frustration that happens when the promises are broken. This body of work uses visuals of modern technology to explore our culture of instant gratification. Technological speeds increase at the expense of human patience and tolerance for even the minutest delays this causes people to experience frustration after mere seconds of interruption while streaming a video or downloading a webpage. These few seconds of “buffering” contribute to the growing disconnect between advanced technology and the perception of the delays such devices eventually experience. It often seems that we are caught in a three-legged race where technological improvement and human expectation are attempting to run in tandem yet the two are never exactly in sync.

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