The Public Isolation Project consists of two symbiotic and simultaneous art pieces–Joshua Jay Elliott’s An Examinable Life and Cristin Norine’s The Future of Socializing.  An analog analogy of the contemporary experience of living in the Internet age, Cristin Norine will spend one month living within the confines of the bSIDE6 Gallery—in total view from the gallery’s windows.  Her isolation will be alleviated solely by digital interactions with the outside world.  Viewers of the piece will reflect on their own expanded accessibility that technology has brought them.

Joshua Jay Elliott exhibits:  An Examinable Life

The gallery as a living quarter is a reflection of the 24/7 accessibility and lack of privacy that the Internet age has brought us. But the physicality and actuality of a human living in constant view brings us back to our more traditional role as audience.  And with it we can both empathize and identify with this subject—that something that has been lost to us online, isolated in our homes and cubicles.  Cristin’s constantly accessible life holds a prism up to our current situation and gives us perspective to question its values.

Cristin Norine exhibits: The Future of Socializing

Technologies like social media and smart phones make it easier to correspond with others more frequently, but could these forms of communication replace analog interactions completely? Cristin’s communication restrictions will allow her to explore this idea and determine how it affects her physically and emotionally.