Thursday, 25 April 2013

Simone Ackuaku - Word of Mouth

How to make a modern statement?
Fashion or opinion, it is increasingly easy to cast your online pebble into the internet pond and watch the ripples radiate on search engines worldwide, but are there just too many voices with nothing to say or contribute out there. We need filters to protect our sanity, like a bad case of spacejunk our voices burn up on the atmospheric firewalls of the planets Twitter and Facebook.

Simone H Ackuaku - Its Statement

There are endless books, websites and experts who help you raise your profile at the temple of Google. A pressurised pecking order where not only must you be in Google's first page but in the top three names. Our lives will soon resemble a never ending season of football leagues, sections of our online lives being relegated and promoted, achievements judged on a Champion's League of online shouting. Let us not forget that the internet is like space, and the Alien tagline of  'In space no one can hear you scream' is very apt.

It would be easy to announce the demise of human contact and debate. I know this not true. I watch my daughter play in our street, endless conversations, discussions and debates about the same subjects that occupied my 8 year's old mind. Mostly about saving face after some humiliating sporting defeat in my case.

It is true though that we are bombarded with more and more information. Where is it all heading and will we reach a limit where our brains can't cope any more. What becomes a commodity is Silence, the ability to spend time with  a person or object in the physical world, the simple pleasure of seeing and experiencing a fleeting moment without having to capture it on a smartphone.

A smile. A statement.

Not the insipid words that escape from those spotless super white film-star gnashers though.
I would want to listen to the words that came from the picture (above), what would Simone H Ackuaku's mouth have to say.  If only the drawing could talk . Like all the students in the Future Bound book I'll have to find out when we launch on the 13th June 2013.

Choco Canal - Bad Teeth
It was the simplicity of Simone's image that made me smile this morning.


ps. The whole teeth idea reminded me very much of an unusual artist that I saw at Nottingham's Lightbite exhibition in 2011. Choco Canal.
Choco Canal - Claudia Winkleman

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