From 1990 onwards, the worldwide Internet has joined forces to create an information explosion. The exposure to countless channels of information has led to an abundance of information that is delivered with speed and directness that previous generations could not have imagined. Besides traditional media, we are faced with many diverse forms of new media, of which the harm they cause is unknown or not yet sufficiently explored. The cross-media presentation “The Age of Information Erosion” visualises the negative effects of the rapid progress of information technology in the past 20 years, aiming to give it an “evolutionary” perspective. Four series of three-dimensional design works were created showing life-sized people that seem to be made entirely of “data”: featuring newspaper headlines all over the outside, some cracks reveal cables and electronic connections running on the inside. Furthermore, 11 posters and one interdisciplinary interactive multimedia device complement the elaborate multilayer work clearly showing the changes the digital impact will cause.
Statement by the Jury
The message that this work aims to convey is expressed in an excellent and clever manner. The photographs on the posters boldly confront beholders with the effect that the incessant flow of data has that we are exposed to daily, whereas the figures are particularly startling through the insights they provide. The imagery is further enhanced by a choice of harsh colours.
Asia University, Taichung City
Ping-Chen Chen, Shun-Ming Yang, Ching-I Kuo, Wei-Ting Liao, Asia University