Hayley Lohn

Digital Auras

Generation Z and millennials are the first generations to be born into an era of social media and big data. These generations are the first to have the majority of their lives turned into data points and traced through algorithms. This project explores this idea using diptychs. Each diptych portrays both the physical and digital space of an individual: one photo is a traditional portrait, while the other is a portrait of the individual’s public data created from an algorithm analyzing all of that person’s social media images into one composite grid, like a digital aura reading. Using the subject’s public data in combination with the traditional portrait aims to reveal both the individual’s public and private personas.