VISION 2020: What Do You See?
Devon Mifflin '21, Levinson Intern for Campus Engagement
Published by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, 2020, 4 pages
Mass media and technology are almost inextricably linked with both our understanding of the contemporary world and our self-perception. Over the last century, and particularly over the last few decades, visual media has saturated our culture. Advertisements, magazines, television programs, websites, and social platforms have become intrinsic components of our society, often defining and distorting how we see ourselves. Researchers studying this issue find that "even a 5 min. exposure to thin-and-beautiful media images results in a more negative body image state." The artists in VISION 2020 use their work to grapple with the impact of visual media and technology on body image in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.