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Want to know what Communication Overload sounds like? Listen to this!

Matt Ganucheau does it again. Yet another awesome recommendation. This time, in the form of a musical short film that may be all too familiar to folks watching this now. Please feel free to leave a comment about how this resonates with you OR how it doesn’t. I’m curious and would love to hear what you think.

By Dorothy R. Santos

Dorothy R. Santos (b. 1978) is a Filipina American writer, artist, and educator whose academic and research interests include feminist media histories, critical medical anthropology, technology, race, and ethics. She is a Ph.D. student in Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz as a Eugene V. Cota-Robles fellow. She received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts and holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco. Her work as been exhibited at Ars Electronica, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the GLBT Historical Society.

Her writing appears in art21, Art in America, Ars Technica, Hyperallergic, Rhizome, Vice Motherboard, and SF MOMA’s Open Space. Her essay “Materiality to Machines: Manufacturing the Organic and Hypotheses for Future Imaginings,” was published in The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture. She is a co-founder of REFRESH, a politically-engaged art and curatorial collective and serves as the Executive Director for the Processing Foundation.

6 replies on “Want to know what Communication Overload sounds like? Listen to this!”

It’s very clever and funny. All kinds of stimuli are portrayed, and of course, I can see that the visuals are as carefully crafted. (For me the most memorable parts are the birds tweeting, and his tumbling down the stairs landing face-to-face with a ferocious bear, rug.)

Yeah, those were definitely great parts. The bear probably suffered from communication overload (which is probably why s/he is a rug now!) Ha ha. Thanks again for commenting and being engaged. It means a lot. 🙂

Yes, user-friendly, family-safe, almost, dare I say, Disney-pretty. I also see this as communication underload/absence/vacancy. What can be said without eyeballs from human to human? Really. Ok, I realize this is a blog post comment seething with hypocrisy but seriously… Seriously. It’s brilliant. Thanks for sharing.

Yes. I completely understand. Your comment is timely. One of my friends wrote a comment about her frustration with Facebook and social networking, which is related to this discussion of communication overload. I responded with, “I’ve learned more about time management and self-care through creating boundaries. If I want five people versus the 1000 to know, I call and connect. If I know there are specific people I want to see at art shows, I tell those people I’m needing connection. Bottom line: Working with what you have and how you can leverage the technology versus being upset with it. Humans created the technology. It didn’t create itself”. I whole heartedly believe that arts (all forms from painting to sculpture to new media/programming/hacking) are integral and imperative in our world. They teach us how to step back…much like this short film…and look at what we are doing and not doing in our lives. Thanks again, Liz!

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