A gif of the exhibition title, Ambrosia, in Hoss Sharp with various glyphs and images shuffling and replacing random letters in the word.

Jaycen Mitchell

A glyph of a crayon.

Idiot Box

Idiot Box is a commentary on how mass media (social media, news media, etc.) has a heavy influence on how the public perceives the world around them as well as causing people to feel burnt out when consuming the news. Stemming from the coverage and opinions of the Black Lives Matter protests, the 2020 presidential election, and the Covid-19 pandemic, the media has started to become a bit too much to handle all at once. Most people get their ideas about other people or situations from what they see on tv or on social media. If they have never interacted with anyone different from them or have not been educated on how certain things work, they get all of their “information” from other sources, like their local news broadcast, which may drastically skew their perception of the world outside of their thinking. For a lot of people, their only way of knowing things is from the news or Facebook. I realized that the news is curated to show stories and events that will entice their audiences to watch. Most older people are less likely to have multiple social media accounts and may only watch one news station to get their information about everything, which leads to a conversation about media bias.

Idiot Box brings together a research publication that provides information and opinions from various articles on mass media’s influence on public opinion. With it, brings an augmented reality experience that fully immerses you in a space that simulates the overwhelming and overstimulating feeling of consuming so much information all at the same time. Also, take home this installation with printable cards that allow you to experience this exhibit again through augmented reality.

A 3d modeled space with a wood floor and the walls and ceiling are made of old school televisions. There are red chains that hang from the ceiling as well as between the walls. In the middle of this space, a larger old-school television is being suspended by red chains with additional red chains attached underneath. The TV in the center is in between 4 slightly smaller old school TVs that are also suspended in the air with red chains. On the wood floor are two small old school TVs sitting close to the walls, one near the left wall that has been flipped upside down and one near the right wall that is on its side.
Handwritten signature from Jaycen Mitchell in green.