Double Tap, Construe (2014) examines iconography in relation to a newly augmented body language that we have inherited through the rise of digital practices.
Solely relying on lists that determine popularity according to their data, the video results in a hand swiping through an accumulation of the “most iconic images of all time.” Are these images ingrained in our memory because of the saturation of imagery that exists online? Or does the weight of each historical moment make the image easily recognizable?
Intrigued by Apple’s patent on finger motions– claiming rights on muscle memory, the tangibility of pinching through physical representations of time enables us to interact directly with history, creating an intuitive interaction that looks beyond the digital surface and peers into the details of iconic events. Our perspective has shifted massively as digital screens surpasses its analog predecessors, ultimately creating a new dialog between the image and the viewer.
Joan Oh is a Midwest native with a BFA in Photography from the Corcoran College of Art + Design and is currently pursuing an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. She currently lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.
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