Ho Kiu Yick
Disconnect explores how social media platforms influence the formation of identity. Digital media are used widely nowadays and people tend to spend significant amounts of time building their social media profiles and communicating via these media. Besides information exchange platforms, social networks can alter or shape people’s ideological beliefs thus constructing new digital identities. This work is built on a metaphorical narrative that illustrates how people’s real-life identities differ from those in the digital world.
The narrative was inspired mainly by two sources, the film Tron: Legacy and the television series Black Mirror. The former uses a computer mainframe as a transitional platform to turn the background setting from the offline to the digital world, whilst the latter engages in a satirical exploration of the unanticipated consequences of new technologies. Both challenge audiences to reflect on their understanding of identity.