(DIS) CONNECTED is a film of photographs and video clips that demonstrates the ubiquity of mobile phone use in the public space. The work is designed for display in ground level windows facing the sidewalk in busy pedestrian areas.
The film contain hundreds of clips and still images of people walking along the teeming streets of New York, oblivious to the incredible world that surrounds them. They focus only on their devices.
According to a March 2018 Pew Research study, 31% of Americans who use a mobile device admit to being online "almost constantly." The goal of (DIS) CONNECTED is to shine a spotlight on this vast (and growing) phenomenon, and silently ask: Is this good for us?
The internet is meant to be the ultimate global connector, yet hordes of people now walk in public, hypnotized and disconnected from reality by the $900 devices they carry in the palms of their hands.
By design, mobile devices and their apps are highly addictive. Digital media pioneer Sean Parker described Facebook as a "social-validation feedback loop ... exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with, because you're exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology."
(DIS) CONNECTED will not be made available for streaming over the internet, the cloud, social media, or any platform accessible by phone, computer, or handheld device.
(DIS) CONNECTED is seeking ground floor windows or street/park/transit displays locations with high density foot traffic. Please contact Michael Berman by email with potential exhibition sites. (DIS) CONNECTED is also customizable to site specific requirements, including multiple screens and varying aspect ratios and duration times.
When the project is complete, all TVs purchased for display of (DIS) CONNECTED will be donated to senior centers and homeless shelters in New York City.
To offer financial support for (DIS) CONNECTED, please email Michael via this link.