Shawné Michaelain Holloway’s series text(s) to screen addresses themes of desire, rejection and abuse in the age of digital (online) dating. Holloway creates highly charged digital collages by placing excerpts from instant-messaging chats with lovers alongside images that could be from the world of advertising, stock photo databanks or Word ClipArt. Viewers are drawn into a fictional quest for traces – be they erotic, ironic, or aggressive – that brings no conclusive interpretation of the scenes portrayed. In this way, Holloway unveils the dangers of misunderstanding and the potential for conflict harboured by this primarily text-and-image based form of communication. This includes the problems of uncovering power structures, the emotional thrill and the potentially addictive aspect of digital forms of communication – factors that are reflected in text(s) to screen in a way that questions the interdependence as well as the uncritical consumption of images and text messages.
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