Connective Unconscious


June 27th-july25th 2014

Opening reception June 27th 7pm-10pm

Connective Unconscious, an exhibition of digital animation, installation and objects produced by Carl Diehl over the last seven years, queries the “psycho-social externalities” of networked culture— examining unforeseen consequences and opportunities in the proliferation of mobile, network-enabled screens.   The works in this exhibit trouble the habitual modes of technological consumption and perception, estranging and amplifying the mediating presence of mobile devices.

In the Landscape Anarchitecture series, a certain loss of one’s “sense of place” is addressed in relation to the competing presence of simultaneous viewpoints that conflict with one’s perception of an immediate reality. Here, realist modes of compositing are employed to recast suburban vistas as sites, and sights, of psychological duress.  Employing extensive digital de-composition, images of mundane backyard scenes and quiet neighborhoods are broken apart into discrete parts, manipulated at frame-level and then spatially re-aligned.  Temporally, the sequences of elements are intentionally desynchronized, quietly dislocated from their grounding in a singular sense of “here” and “now.”

In the [hetero]topiaries series, the prescribed use and familiar modes of social interaction surrounding mobile phones is directly challenged.  Smartphone equipped visitors are encouraged to search for and display visual components on their device, physically arranging and visually annexing their own display screens to the partially formed image exhibited at the gallery.  Although the mediating presence of digital devices is involved in this work, interactivity in this context privileges physical actions-necessitating social interaction and exchange within the immediate presence of the work.

In Atemporal Views, Diehl retrieves the mid-century cultural craze of “Paint by Numbers,” appropriating both the algorithmic and posterized aspects of this process to construct a provisionally bucolic vista, a temporary constellation of coherency, fit for those seeking refuge in continuous partial attention.