SHUYANG YU 

Graphic Design
@shushuzi233


Self-Portrait, 2019. Digital photograph. 28 × 18 in.
Surveillance Flag, 2019. Printed fabric. 36 × 60 in.

Fragmented Visions and Voices in the Digital Age

In her book On Photography, Susan Sontag elaborates an idea that “Reality is summed up in an array of casual fragments—an endlessly alluring, poignantly reductive way of dealing with the world.”

A fragment usually represents things that are separated into small parts. In the digital age, what we see and the information we perceive are heavily fragmented and influenced by technology. Communication, including visual communication online, is compressed in order to fit into our fragmented times and create quick conversations. Our social media transformed from blogs into Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok just in the last 15 years. Many pieces of information that we perceive are fragmented; we type keywords into the search bar, and web crawlers do all the data collection. Our voices are also fragmented in the digital environment, where people are seeking more efficient ways to communicate key messages through broken language. Letterforms in languages are imbued with new meanings—QR codes, hyperlinks, passcodes, etc., are all formed by broken letterforms.

In this thesis, I would like to explore and examine the existence of those fragmented visions and voices in the digital age, and how our lives are influenced by digital fragments. I will look into visual fragments, information fragments, and communication fragments, and present them in visual form. I want to create an experience for my audience to visualize and interact with digital fragments.