TOO MUCH INFORMATION
Sara Cucé, 2017
Too much information, 2017
Installation constiting of photographic giclée prints and found newspaper
I am an Italian-born photographer, raised in Sicily and based in London.
This project, ‘Too much information’ is my response to four years of living and adapting my rhythm to big city life, where everything runs faster than I could have ever expected and it overloads my eyes and thoughts with thousands of inputs and data, often without positive purpose or outcome.
My installation consists of collected newspapers and my photographs, a series of metaphorical symbols found on the city streets.
During my walks, I look for physical and symbolic links to my thoughts and feelings. Figures and words appear suddenly in front of my eyes, ready to be processed, developed and printed onto photographic paper.
The work becomes a visual representation of the stream of consciousness, thoughts of an outsider wondering through the heart of the City.
Gandhi once said: ‘’ I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet’’, that was proclaimed in a time when I imagine information and advertising was less invasive to the private peace of mind of the individual. Today there are no limits to the invasive power of information, running wild over our synapses, polluting what is left of our power to think and judge clearly. Today there is no limit to the amount of information, the proactive and the disruptive, to the endless flow that fails to ask permission and goes without filter and verification.
The British Media, a supposed free press, is in fact run by conservative politicians and billionaires pushing lies and propaganda that manipulates readers subconscious.
These photos are a personal document of this time when I feel like a puppet at the mercy of the media system.
I walk around London, with a film camera in my hands, recording signs and images then processing them as consequence or as unconscious reaction of one individual to the ‘information overload effect’.
This project takes its name from a National Autistic Society campaign, created with the purpose of explaining and showing how autistic people perceive, react and process information from the outside world.
''Autistic people can get overloaded by everything around them. It’s like all the senses are firing, all at once. Like there’s no filter. Like they’re getting too much information.''
(The National Autistic Society, 2016)
The correlation to my view is unabashed in the way I perceive the matter. Perhaps we all are autistic in some ways, but we never realize it. Or in some other ways, we resist the consequentiality of this state of mind.
I hope, with this project, to raise awareness about the long-term consequences of too much information, to open my eyes and reject the system I’ve been thrown in and then to close my eyes and see anew.