What does it mean to be immersed?
Content: learning about pleasure draws together various strands of Jacob Love’s practice that coalesce around the notion of synthetic experiences and the question: What does it mean to be immersed?
Interested in the unconscious processes that are happening in the production and consumption of mediated images, Jacob explores imagery that intentionally prioritise autonomous physiological responses. His work is less about signaling cognitive understandings and more about synthesising meaningful experiences.
The photographic work employs scale to deal with some of these ideas. The images, produced by a robot camera that takes hundreds of photographs over a period of time and then stitches them together, challenge the idea that the photograph is about framing the world. The resulting images feel uncanny, being both close to human experience in detail and texture, but also impossible and inhuman in the folded-out perspectives.
The video work looks at found imagery that produces non-conscious physiological responses. The source material – which is user-produced and based on individual’s uploading information about their desires and pleasures – includes: Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response videos that create involuntary ‘brain orgasms’ caused by particular sound recordings, kids animated videos that cause stimulation through colour repetition and sound and fail videos that activate the mirror neuron (involuntary laughter at witnessing other people’s pain). The algorithms of the platforms learn what we like and keep us watching by serving up more and more content that is irresistible to our bodies and unconscious drives. The machine is learning about our pleasure and we are mesmerised.
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