Collage by Chad Alburn
A series of digital collage composed from images found online.
The project initially stemmed from a course I took in college called Studies in Bio-Cultural Adaptation. In it, I was introduced to a theory of cultural adaptation called Memetics. The basic thrust of it is the idea of looking at information/culture the same way you would biological adaptation, allowing the rules of bio evolution to help inform us of how culture evolves. While I was looking into all this, I was thinking about artistic ways to represent memetics. Then I had this realization that the collage was really an excellent representation of this cultural adaptive process.
My first experience of taking even two images and recombining them was a very eye opening one. At this point I really got into cut and paste collages, however, I realized that what I was making wasn't a true perfect analogy. The lines between the images I was mixing together were too clear/far too defined. So trying to take it further than the layered approach, I started using digital editing to blend more seamlessly digital images. In this way I had the freedom to create rough edges and then at other times blur the individual components until no edges showed at all. I wanted it to be hard to impossible to differentiate the separate parts but still feel eerily disconnected and connected at the same time. I also thought the process of making these images on the computer was much more representative of the cultural shifts that are being brought on by the digital age and our shifting exposure to media/information in digital form.