Plan Your Experience

Nick Knutson + Ben Severns

Title: Digital Bath/Engram

Location: 930 Hennepin Avenue

On display until: September 8, 2017

Media has become a driving force in society. Opinions, Ideas and Identities are formed from content and distribution. I am exploring this idea in a hyper-realized video installation as one might find themselves doing in a not-too-distant future.

I chose to balance and juxtapose chaos and order in forming the sculptural screen. The Dodecahedron, is a 10 sided shape which consists of pentagons. I was drawn to its use in games as a die, and as a device of chance. Through social media it was brought to my attention that the dodecahedron was also referred to as an Engram from a different game. An Engram (not in the game) meaning a hypothetical permanent change in the brain accounting for the existence of memory; a memory trace.

The scattered/distorted and glitched video symbolizes the chaotic nature of digital media and takes its shape as the hive mind of the internet.  The sinister yet charming allure of the video purposely draws the viewer in disarray and leaves the residue of an over saturated existence.