James Allen

My area of study explores whether the disengagement of citizens from reality, and in turn discovery and personal choice, is a result of a covert structure enabling capitalism to prevail, or whether users are instead aware, but are content with and prioritise the convenience afforded by it?


The repetition and digital enhancement of profile images online has led to an ongoing struggle to conform to standards, but also bring digital standards to reality. I have communicated the gulf between the two through repeated attempts to create a digital graphic within a range of tangible materials, often with crude results.


Considering the impact of Web 2.0 on the infrastructure and our reliance on map service provides such as Google, I have explored works of theorists who claim results are distorted and are formed to support their own profits.


If the internet, corporations and physical movements become more aligned, will this mean a disconnected, tribal society? Could the warped display of places therefore mean we only interact with people with the same virtual reality headset provider? Adam Curtis has criticised the internet, believing ‘it facilitates communities of solipsists, inter passive networks of likeminded who confirm, rather than challenge each other’s assumptions and prejudices’. If our interactions become determined by our map service provider, I ask will the algorithmic structures be played out in reality.