Remember those old-fashioned ways of keeping in touch – letters, phone calls, face to face meetings and talking to people? While the internet is over fifty years old, it is only in the last 20 years or so that it has become all pervasive. It seems astonishing now to think that the first ipad was only released 10 years ago, and the first iPhone three years earlier. Now they and their brothers and sisters from other technology companies have taken over our lives.
In 2018/19, Nastja Sadde Ronkko spent six months of her arts residency at Somerset House without access to the internet. The results of her experiment are included in ’24/7 – A Wake-Up Call for Our Non-Stop World’ at Somerset House exploring the non-stop nature of our modern world where we are always accessible, always using our mobile phones, always under surveillance, including by Alexxa and Facebook, in need of sleep and of robots to help us do everyday tasks that we no longer have time to do. Technology is the new revolution and the pace of change will ever accelerate – as in the driverless electric cars on show at the V&A Museum and the Science Museum. How do we use technology for the best? How do we as humans switch off for our own wellness?
No wonder we feel stressed! Help however is at hand with installations and couches as part of the exhibition to help visitors relax and sleep….