Lee Day, Clipping Suburbia – Japan

Exhibition Dates: November 12 – December 5, 2021

 
Moments jam up against each other.
      Staring from a train hurtling through the city, the world flashes by.
A mangled jumble of screen impressions seen and not seen,
      Racing forward in a distraction of thoughts thrown out by
Cloud-computed algorithms.

 
Digital life, driven by frictionless connectivity, is a headlong rush. In this rush, always to somewhere new, it is hard to make out the features of the novel landscapes we traverse in the course of daily life – and having precious little time to reflect on, much less consolidate our thoughts, one’s experience of the whole becomes impressionistic. The slow meandering process of constructing personality, a sense of place, even time itself, is eroding – and where established, the substance is in danger of being washed away by successive flash-floods of disjointed information.

In these photos I hope to impose a momentary order on the heedless digital rush that envelopes us. A train rushing through the landscape seems an appropriate metaphor – where the world parades past but your experience is of fragments, certain elements of interest. And from within the cascade of impressions, there exist moments of synthesis where the rush coalesces for an instant, balanced between confusion and order.

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