Daniel SanGiacomo

aka Daniel Aktas

Artist Statement v2.3

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Daniel SanGiacomo
Thesis 2
Artist Statement

Pushing forward exponentially our advances in technology are no longer keeping up with our cultures ability to adapt to it. Technological advances are worthless to a culture unwilling to consider their benefits and need to be talked about, debated over, and visible to each age group of our society. Most impactful to these emerging technologies are the children who will in their maturity decide the fate of these technologies within our society. Emerging within our culture today are advances in unmanned systems, genetically engineered plant life, wearable electronics, and the mass collection of personal data.

To remedy our cultures tardiness in the age of technology I have constructed social technological objects in ceramic that will foster conversation through the mashup of its tensional forms, coloring, and materiality. Engaging adults and children alike my work uses naturalistic representations of technologies like the unmanned X-47B aircraft modeled virtually and it’s counter toy forms rendered whimsically and smooth like the appropriated bath time boat I use to reference the USS George W. Bush, the military vessel that hosts the X-47B. Reinforcing the tension of the work I use opposite colors like the yellow purple combination that both seperates the stylistic differences of the conglomerated objects and excites the eyes through the rivalry nature of the pigments. Finally the ceramic materiality and exhibition of the objects on structures inlayed with carpet call out to the opposing characteristics of precious adult objects and tactile youth objects. Working in this format of mashups, tension, technology and toys I encourage the discussion of our emerging technologies in hopes we will choose to adopt or discard its properties and not suffer from inaction.

Hook… Exponentially
Thesis sentence… Technology needs to be talked, debated, seen
Detail to Thesis. Specific to Children
List of toy topics.
Topic sentence. I will solve this with my work that inspires conversation.
Conversation through tensional form combination
Conversation through tensional color combination
Conversation through tensional context combination
Closing sentence.

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