The Snapp, 2017
The Snapp is a mobile-phone application that translates the gesture of finger-snapping from a common human motion into a digital tool. As social media creates a need for constant feedback and response, the physical gesture of snapping has reemerged as an offline community ritual among many social circuits. In capturing this signal as a mobile app and digitizing the gesture into a 3D emoji animation, The Snapp highlights the uniquely late-capitalist phenomenon in which robotized and outsourced services of civil resistance are provided by the very systems of control that govern and survey human interaction.
An accompanying piece, RiseApp, takes the composition and form of the Apple “Shot on iPhone” billboards to model a situation where civil unrest and bodily gestures of public resistance are facilitated by electronic mobile devices. The photo-installation plays with the ways the human figure is stylized through social media filters, emojis, and stock imagery, while reflecting on the freedom, performance, and efficiency provided by digital panoptica.
Mobile Application for iOS and Android
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Vinyl Billboard, metallic structure, and LED lights
162 x 64 in