The notion behind the series “Digital Waste” highlights the behavioural issues of clicking excessive photographs and a disproportionate exchange of worthless information on various social media platforms. Furthermore, both the points examine much deeper concerns such as living in the virtual world, instant gratification, detachment from emotionally meaningful relationships. The works present these issues metaphorically through photographs, objects, and audio-video works. The photographs and objects primarily use the rejected images. The video work, which at the moment is a work in progress highlights the engagement with meaningless information. Juxtaposing these works together initiates a dialogue, at the same time individual pieces are capable of stimulating a thought process.
Initial explorations for the series started with the photographs. Statistical predictions confirm that in the year 2017, 3.93 trillion photos will be stored on various storage devices worldwide. Over the years this number has been steadily growing at the rate of 9%. Which means perpetually everyone sits on thousands of unused images that they consider as not worthy enough to use.
Photographic works circles around the notion of the abundance of image recurrence, it’s curation process and classification as “rejects”. Curation process brings forward many images that are not aesthetically appealing or is a mere recurrence of the same scene. With the digital technology advancement, this number has significantly increased. While ruminating over such photographs, Madhvee feels, these images can be used in more meaningful manner.
To further explore the possibilities of breaking the 2-dimensional aspect of the photographs the rejected photo prints are used to create the objects. These objects are an extension of the photographs and they provide a scope to investigate another dimensionality while still maintaining the element of ambiguity. The objects in themselves are capable of an individual comprehension, however, juxtaposing them with the photographs initiates an interesting dialogue.