Parallax: Glitched Within is a meditation on how modern technology has proliferated isolation. Symptoms brought into stark relief during the world's quick descent into individual isolation and subsequent reliance on this technology to connect to one another. This reliance soon brought about negative symptoms touched upon by much of the work like deteriorating mental health, cultural and familial detachment and a more pervasive toxic internet culture. The articulation of these issues comes about in the very material they inhabit, which only adds to their intensity. As a collective, we wanted to explore and dissect these issues to see how far we have come from the beginning of social media. We have repurposed the concept of Parallax to capture the multiplicity of identity. Just as the shifting lens changes the perspective of an image, so does the screen change our relation to ourselves.

There are four sub-themes: Social Conformity, 404 Identity Not Found, Misery Monism, and Culture Collision. Social Conformity takes critical views of the current trends in terms of our evolved coping mechanisms. Misery monism speaks out about how the confluence of world events has affected our motivations causing our perception of time to be stagnant. 404 Identity Not Found works are based on prophesying the danger of how individualism has the potential to be lost in the homogenized obscurity of decentralization. Lastly, Culture Collision explores attempts to reconcile our identities in the obstructive mist of globalization and retains a sense of unity in the wake of increased factionalism.

The pieces in this exhibition employ different perspectives to show the overwhelming effect of world events on our psyches. We are decoding the epigenetic profile of a future that will result from how we have drastically calibrated our lives in the present. These submissions are all tied to the common thread of self-awareness. Our objective is to ameliorate the community by validating the struggles of having to embrace the unparalleled in this new reality. Being critical about digital escapism requires us to be transparent about how we are manicuring our experiences to ignore abject realities.