Much of the emotion that is a part of modern life is transmitted as data. To get something onto a television, or a computer, or a cell phone, it has to be broken down into digital pieces. The more pieces, the more real it seems; “resolution” is the way we measure just how much data we use to capture a moment of reality, and how much we use to reproduce again it with technology.
When resolution is very high, digital works can seem to approach reality; when it is low; a representation can seem obviously false and degraded. At some point, there is a middle ground – a resolution that is neither too real, nor too virtual – and this is what I strive to explore. I hope to capture the moment when the tidy virtual and the messy real intersect. This threshold between real and virtual is encountered and crossed, sometimes many times, to portray even a single emotion. When data becomes emotion, and vice versa – this fascinates me and provokes my art.
When the transition from real to virtual occurs, we often focus on what is lost; I seek the static generated at the boundary between those two domains, and possibly, to find out whether those qualities lost during the journey are as real as what is preserved.
- Mark Willis.