Daniel Everett and Internet Isolation


Photographer Daniel Everett has many ways of looking at the sterile technology that isolates us even as it interconnects us. A commentary primarily on computers and the Internet, Everett’s metaphorical subjects also include an elevator that endlessly rises (“Ascension”) and an observation tower (“Omniscience Beta”), among others. The few images that do contain people, in a series called “Proximity,” come as much-need relief from the sad, if ironically entertaining, well-lit spaces of his other works. One of his best pieces is not a photograph at all, but a series of screen-shots, below, called “Conversations with a Computer.” As Everett describes it:
“Contained within the operating system of Mac computers is a rudimentary electronic psychotherapist program. Meant to simulate a Rogerian therapist, it engages the participant in a cyclical conversation by taking his or her statements and roughly reconfiguring them into questions. I met with this program three times a week for a month in order to discuss my fear that I was disappearing completely. These are three stills from our conversations.” (Via BeautifulDecay)

And Everett’s “Goals” (detail):

Julie Greicius was Art Editor for The Rumpus when it launched in January 2009. One year later, she became Senior Literary Editor, and later, Senior Features Editor. Julie also co-edited the first book published by The Rumpus, Rumpus Women, Vol. 1, featuring personal essays and illustration from twenty kick-ass contributors. Her writing been featured on The Rumpus, Midnight Breakfast, Stanford Medicine Magazine, and BuzzFeed, as well as in the anthology The 27th Mile. She lives in California and is a member of The Rumpus Advisory Board. More from this author →