Final Photographic Project / Change of direction

Initially I had chosen to work with the concept of intellectual property (references), its cognitive, artistic and legal  manifestations, using mediums of informational dissemination spanning from the mechanical to the electric age, according to media theorist Marshall McLuhan, but as we have come to currently call the “age of information” or the “networked age”. Through prior research (bibliography) on the evolution of photography aligned with technological advancements I have reached to the conclusion that photography is a tool for communication and expression of intellectual wealth.

The practice of photography is currently manifested in networked apparatus that allow for instant dissemination, surpassing the outdated legal frameworks, which in my opinion impede the creation of new artistic expressions, culture dissemination, ideas sharing and are obsolete when it comes to intellectual property, since a creation of the mind is classified as a property the same way a building is.

In the time available, I wouldn’t have been able to accurately create an installation that would address and challenge the existence of any legal frameworks concerning the intellect. I have gathered a good amount of academic texts and literature addressing the topic from several angles, and will rest the project until I have more time in my hands.

I have decided then to move forward with another project I have been developing for the past two years. This is an ongoing project, documenting many different subjects in and around airports, which means that it will become more than one project in the end. Since I travel a lot by plane, I was intrigued by the infrastructural complexity and technological convergence, that consist the airport. Having a strong interest in telecommunications and networks, airplanes is one of the most spectacular trans-global networks, than physically connect locations on and off this planet. In my personal quest to understand the social impact of informational media networks, like the internet, it is crucial to understand how predecessor networks operated, and their impact in society, in terms of politics, culture, business and environment.

Out of this large and yet undefined body of work, I have selected a set of photographs that document the skies from within commercial flights. The specific set of photographs has been photographed between June 2013 and April 2014. I first published an edit of the set between June and September 2013 on my flickr account and ever since they have been viewed several hundred times.

below the initial set of photographs:

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