1. Hack a system of unspeakable communication
What’s happening in the 2020s?
Enormous amounts of notifications are reached to internet users nowadays. Thanks to the development of communication technology, people in modern times can get almost anything they want to know through the internet. However, this means that users are responsible for which information is authentic or not. These subjects vary so much and people in modern times require not only dealing with tons of information but are also responsible for deciding what information they don’t need.
Mental health and daily communication
Mental health is one of the remarkable topics to look at in the 2020s. The report of psychiatric disorders increased more after the ’90s when the World Wide Web provided the information space through web browsers. By sharing personal mental conditions on the internet, research around this field has been developed. As understanding from this fact, a positive side is that the online space succeeded to become the platform to share the private side of users easier than in real life. However, it is also true that the causes of psychiatric disorders are increasing as communication technology develops. It seems that somehow the emergence of the digital world brought some downsides to psychiatric disorders as well. Here are several reasons to get addicted to it. (A)The social network system itself is designed to be addictive. (B) The way of communication is changed by the emergence of SNS. As a result, users take more effort on communication, which leads to inexperienced fatigue and causes psychiatric disorders. And I would like to add that the causality of psychiatric disorder is pretty much varied and not rooted in one. This varies by person, which means mental health as a social topic shows that society needs to update the social norm to such detail of individuals.
My questions based on my own experience
My question is how can social opportunity as the path to connect individuals to society be updated in this novel context. People who deal with psychiatric disorders nowadays also face the struggle of their social opportunities. Not only the opportunity for labour opportunity but also there is the hardship to engage in basic social interaction. As an example of how psychiatric disorders influence the patient’s social life, I would like to mention Misophonia, which is the disorder I struggled with and became the very starting point to find the relation between mental health and this generation. Misophonia is a neurological disorder that was reported around the ’90s and started its research in 2001 in Amsterdam. (Suicidal misophonia: a case report)The patients who have symptoms of this disorder suffer from strong discomfort feelings from specific sounds that are often made by others.(Misophonia — when certain sounds drive you crazy) As the main complaint, the sound of someone chewing makes the patients feel angry or depressed. Of course, this varies by the patient but the system is that a specific auditory stimulation leads to emotional sensory. Because of the trigger that stimulates strong hate feelings by certain sounds, social interaction has to be limited. It is difficult to be understood by others how much they have to feel pain from sounds. Likewise any psychiatric disorders, one of the problematic struggles for them would be their basic social opportunity. The symptoms are often invisible so that people and even the patients feel it is difficult to share and understand their circumstances. If an open space to share and to heal for everybody would spread more, inclusive society would realise as social globalisation. So, I believe this topic has a brilliant possibility for inclusivity.
About my project and its aim
This personal struggle in engaging social opportunity led to my project, how can I visualise this agency of communication in order to make social interaction more inclusive? And is this visualisation able to lead to an awareness that can build an equal and universal social opportunity? Working through a visual framework, I’m guided to a deeper view of presence as an individual in a collective as well as how it connects each other. This perspective got clearer by Brandon Labelle’s ‘Sonic Agency’(Goldsmith Press,p10). He gained from his Acoustics study “fundamental concepts related to sound and subjectivity”, which relates to social and political struggles.
My method is based on extended tactile research. What tactile research brings to me is for recognising how my decision-making process is made likewise defining my subjectivity. My process of these is going deeper on the next page; 2. Tactile research “Unspeakable communication”. I communicated with non-human materials by sculpting and then the finalised sculptures were installed in a public space. By observing my own communication ability with any materials, I reflect on my social behaviour and attitude. So I practice defining my subjectivity through tactile research and apply it in my daily life. And I hope that I could find a social connection based on my results of tactile research, which I can financially engage with the capitals. I believe that this pathway of art in a capitalistic field works beneficially on leading an inclusive society. Annika Kappner states in ‘Across the Board 2016’(Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art,p12–15) that “Moral and spiritual values have seemingly long succumbed to the overbearing magnetism of money.” So I would like to make my art object the purest material of morality and spirituality to engage in growth at the spiritual aspect of the capitalistic field.