Technology has allowed human beings to be more connected than ever before. However, as we increasingly favour virtual networks, a decrease in face-to-face connection may be leading us to feel detached and disconnected.
The piece resembles a common computer keyboard. We can interact with it, performing an everyday action and hearing a familiar ‘click’ sound. I hope that through this interaction, we might reflect on how to use technology more mindfully; to create new social practices that better serve our needs as human beings.
Keyboard can also be transformed from an impersonal object to one of the most personal; jewellery. It becomes both wearable and interactive, encouraging a physical connection between wearer and viewer. As a neckpiece, Keyboard reminds us of the importance of face-to-face interactions within our relationships and communities. Moreover, it questions how we can better use technology as a tool to facilitate this.