Ryan Whittier Hale’s work Shifting Landscape (2014), a 1:30 minute HD digital video, presents the viewer with a seductive and mesmerising landscape. Hale depicts a synthetic world that is unpopulated and adrift amidst clouds bathed in golden light, that move slowly as if floating in space. In this work the artist challenges the contemporary fashion to form an ever growing dependency on technology as a medium for connection and communication.
Hale's work questions to what extent we are willing to invest emotionally in these virtual realities? It speaks to the inevitability that we are becoming more and more attached to using avatars, that serve as surrogate selves who mediate our human interactions. And it poses the further inquiry; are we becoming acclimated to a reduced intensity of human intimacy?
Both Shifting Landscape and Lone Monolith are created as infinite loops exclusively for Sedition.