Miss Bugs Makes Not-So-Sweet Popsicles As Symbols of Your Addiction to Social Media
Miss Bugs continues to draw on themes of addiction and digital technology for her latest exhibition, Do No Harm, which discusses how overexposure to newsreels and digital feeds can act as an anesthetic numbing our sense of reality.
Miss Bugs highlights the way that, "algorithms mean one can become stuck in their own ‘echo chamber’, and can only gain access to content that has been externally chosen to be suitable for them. This dark notion is ‘sugar coated’ in the aesthetics of the popsicles. Each lolly is made up of three layers of different colored resin, in which a mix of surgical blades, Viagra, syringes, and various painkillers are contained. The pop-art lollies are presented en masse in pharmaceutical orderliness and will be sold in medical packaging, with instructions for application, storage information, and a warning of the side effects."
The installation’s title Do No Harm is pulled from the Hippocratic Oath, whereby doctors promise to abstain from any intentional wrongdoing to a patient. The irony of the statement is evident in today’s networks and social dialogue where we continuously self-harm and cause harm to others, in an endless loop.