Jodie Connolly's self portrait.
Jodie Connolly's self portrait. Contributed

Bombarded with messages

JODIE Connolly is concerned about the amount of information people are subjected to daily.

In her first solo exhibit - Information Overload - Mrs Connolly will share her concerns and observations.

"In today's society we are exposed to an increasing amount of information. Each day a person can receive numerous messages in a variety of formats such as television, phone, email, SMS, video calls, worldwide web, social media, post, junk mail, newsletters, billboards, newspapers, and the list goes on," she said.

"The new catch phrase used to describe this time in history is 'the information revolution'."

After teaching and working for 20 years dealing with technology, Mrs Connolly decided it was time to do something about it and turned to her creative side to express her ideas.

She worked on Information Overload for a year and half.

"According to some reports, one Sunday Times newspaper has more information in it than one person living in the 18th century would have been exposed to in their entire lifetime," she said.

"Eric Qualmann, the author of the book and blog Socialnomics believes that more than 1.5 million pieces of content such as web links, news stories, blog posts, notes and photos are shared daily on Facebook alone."

Mrs Connolly said she could only imagine what technologies her two daughters would see in their time.

Mrs Connnolly said she would like to see people change some of their habits when it came to technology.

"One of the aims of this body of work is to question society about the impact of technology and how this information saturation can affect our everyday life," she said.

The digital design montages on display in the exhibition uncover visual stories of her navigation through the maze of signs, symbols, messages and data polluting her own information atmosphere.

Information Overload will be held at the Mackay Regional Botanical Garden Lagoons Cafe.

The exhibition will be launched on Wednesday and will run until April 29.

Entry is free and the opening hours are Wednesday to Friday 10am-3pm, and weekends 9am-4pm.



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