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Dominic Palarchio



Image of Viris

42 pages
uv text sheet
numbered edition of 50
perfect bound
printed in Michigan
foil sleeved
designed by: Anthony Randazzo

Digital information reproduces exponentially, consequently overwhelming our senses to an unavoidable point of infection. Like everybody else, I too am guilty of participating in the spectacle. Rather than neglect the issue at hand, I set out to confront it in the same way a vaccine precludes a virus. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
An array of devices foster the physical and virtual milieus necessary for the virus to flourish. Undeniably the most prevalent device, the smartphone, is continually manufactured under repressive conditions to match supply for the complacent world’s demand. In turn, consumers, especially those in their youth, are in the midst of a mental health crisis linked directly to the twin proliferation of smartphones and social media. ⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Viris echoes a vaccine’s end goal, immunity. This is achieved by educating our conscious to reference an inactive replica of the virus. Conceptions of the replica problem are delineated via abundance, commingling of images, depicting those infected, and the origins of our communal virus. To deactivate the virus we collectively experience I utilize date stamping, reality, and physicality throughout the images. Some seemingly positive subjects included in this project may initially appear to contradict the uncomforting issues mentioned, but critical review will uncover social reliance on our smartphones and reinforce the presence of mass emotional disorder.