Through my practice I encourage people to question the speed and sanitised perfection of contemporary digital culture and to embrace physical touch and human error. By means of practice based research and a socially engaged art practice, my work explores the significance of human error in the postdigital era, realised through analogue and digital print processes, creating a discourse between traditional and contemporary technologies.
In accordance with Information Theory errors are inherent to all communications but my interest is in the nuances of these, such as errors that are accidental, known and unknown, forced or unintended, systematic or random. Computers are programmed to recognise errors and correct them, with autocorrect systems aiming to compensate for human frailty systems are put in place to avoid error, but what if systems are created to disrupt this logic? For example, what happens if the delete key is itself deleted?
My work focuses on involving others in participatory events, investigating different types of error through an open and socially engaging practice. I have worked alongside participants at locations including Port Elliot Literature Festival in St. Germans and Cornwall’s Autonomous Zone at The Exchange Basement, in Penzance and Counter Book Fair in Plymouth. Through a sustained investigation, I intend to redefine error and gain a sense of the significance of human and machine error in postdigital print, where human, error and technology support one another. In the context of this research, error has epistemic value and becomes an active participant in the process of making meaning.