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Apathetic Journal - Issue 3 'LOG OFF'.


Apathetic Journal - Issue 3 'LOG OFF'.

116 pages
11.5cm x 20cm
100 copies

Publishers statement:
Text from a Tweeted image (read 2 July, 7:13AM, 2016): ‘On the Internet, I create a manicured version of the Self to present to the Beyond, because I want to impress the Beyond. I want the Beyond to think I am hilarious and insightful and fuckable. But mostly, I want the Beyond to consume the Self until the only part of me left is the part of me I have preserved on my iPhone.’

The questions ‘what is or is this real’ are huge ones to straddle. But they’re ones I find myself asking several times a day: when I roll over to turn off my alarm and I open Instagram, when I’m on my lunchbreak and I open Facebook, Twitter, my emails, when I’m walking to yoga or home from dinner and I open a combination of these things.

This is not because I fancy myself a philosopher. Nor is this because I’m incapable of delineating reality. But rather because growing up with a computer and an iPhone (as the luminous, metal extension of my right hand), my, like most people my age’s idea of what is real is heavily influenced or skewed by the Internet. To lift a quote from contributor Lowena S.V.H’s Children of a Digital Age Create Damp Forests Between Glass Monitors: ‘Having grown alongside this machine, we have never known the strange dark of namelessness: lucidity is quaint and expected, hidden is novel.’

In asking how we curate our lives and/ or alter our practice using the Internet, ‘Log Off’ — me and my digital other looks at what Guy Debord termed ‘the society of the spectacle.’ ‘Log Off’ examines the anxieties associated with our hyperawareness of a greater audience, the ways in which our digital and material selves meet and diverge, and the dislocation of the self in the process of trying to marry these two.

Featured are 22 creatives interpreting their own or broader interactions between the individual and the Internet. Including Alan Weedon’s pondering the legitimacy of virtual intimacies, a ‘fuck you’ in the form of a visual poem to Bill Gates by James Robinson, and Patrick Cremin’s musings on our emotional and geographical disconnection from conflict.

This edition of Apathetic asks the overarching questions: what have we gained and what have we lost in our relationship with the Internet?

Anador Walsh

Julian Allen
Bryce Anderson
Isabel and Lina Buck
Agnieszka Chabros
Patrick Cremin
Edward Dean
Rachel Farlow
Emily Galicek
Jordan Gogos and Bianca Meredith 
Sanja Grozdanic
Drew Holland
Nathan James Lawrence
James Little
Yiu Nam (Eugene Cheung)
James Robinson
Susanna Rose Sykes
Alex Tanazefti
Costa Virtanen
Lo Svh
Alan John