This project is based on a poetic interpretation of the maxim “Be Careful What You Wish For”. The title of the work, Wish4, is a truncation – and linguistic reworking – of the idea of wish fulfilment in the digital age. The project examines how willing users and audience members are subjected to an “always-on” news cycle, where social media and content streaming are the preferred method of information sourcing and privacy is an elastic concept.
The inspiration for Wish4 came from an article describing how the use of mobile devices right before bed makes the production of melatonin – a substance human bodies produce naturally in order to induce sleep – less likely. This disruption of our normal sleep cycle via our voluntary use of tech designed for ease-of-use led me to ponder the allure of the digital news cycle – how many of us feel compelled to be perpetually connected, 24/7, to shareable “news”?
Wish4 explores the pull of a user’s desire to be continually digitally connected. This project takes as its inspiration this perpetual tugging at a user’s consciousness by the digital: each day, for 40 days, I’ll create and post a creative response that will take as its immediate inspiration a headline – or item - drawn from the electronic news cycle of that specific day.
Many of the posts use a hybrid language of code conventions and English [called “mezangelle”] in their construction. Please click here if you're unfamiliar with it.
Wish4 is a digital project by Mez Breeze [@MezBreezeDesign].
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.