Screen Deprivation

Screen Deprivation was an experiment in which Jack Williams attempted to live without screens for a month. The purpose of this project was to challenge his self-confessed dependency on screens.

The project concerned the residual presence of audio-visual material in the psyche and how this was provoked through absence; the screen as a site of simulating human activity; the screen as a pervasive entity that invades social space; and being seduced by screens because of a life-long regime of being programmed to pay attention to moving images.

The project was presented as both an academic paper and a video which included a collage of audio recordings, complemented with visual experiments involving screens, producing a hybrid of a documentary and a long-form video art piece.