Interference

  • The average American child sees about 200,000 acts of violence on TV by age 18.
  • The average American youth spends 1,023 hours each year watching TV and 900 hours in school.
  • The average household has 2.4 TV sets, and 98 percent of all U.S. households own at least one set.
  • American children spend an average of 4 hours, 41 minutes a day in front of a video screen of some kind.
  • 92% of all U.S. households own a VCR or DVD player.

My first memory is of my television. Growing up as an only child in a small household, my first vehicle for explaining the world to me besides my parents was television. At age 5, flipping through a thousand different satellite television stations, I could go anywhere in the world without leaving the seat of my couch. At age 12, I watched in real time as terrorists hijacked United Airlines Flight 175 and crashed it into the southern fa├žade of the World Trade Center from a television in my classroom.

In the United States, the largest section of the television audience is made up of pre-school children. On average, their weekly viewing turns out to be in the area of 30.4 hours, which means by the age of 17 they would have amassed about 15,000 hours of television watching. This adds up to a staggering two years of solid viewing.

Is there any disconnect between this daily saturation of media and the person themselves? Are we just a collection of images that we perceive as a personality? How do we define our sense of self? How do we define our gender identity? What is our idea of love? Our idea of morality?

Photographs mounted onto backlit static television screens as a 3D work.
Video of installation at bottom of page.

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