In this digital age, a once unavoidable feat called, “making eye contact” is now a seemingly impossible task. We are constantly surrounded by people in crowded trains and other public spaces, yet those around us are almost guaranteed to be drawn by their phones while scrolling through Facebook and killing digital zombies, making them almost completely oblivious to the world around them.
Our increasing dependence on the digital devices constantly stuck to our hands was the inspiration for artist Antoine Geiger’s series SUR-FAKE, a group of digitally altered photographs depicting random people being sucked into the screens of their phones.
The images show children, businessmen, and tourists with their faces completely lost, the forms stretched like taffy into the portals we use for selfies, email communication, and mindless gaming. The blur imposed by Photoshop completely masks any emotion once seen on the subject’s face, rendering each a personality-less drone. With this altering of the body the artist explains that the project is “placing the screen as an object of ‘mass subculture,’ alienating the relation to our own body, and more generally to the physical world.”