A Modern Harvest by Jason Nelson a series of pages linked together featuring images with text explaining, in a very lofty and metaphoric way, what was going on in that element of the picture. The main theme throughout the piece seems to be about a loss of humanity in the modern world. That people no longer farm, but instead reap and “harvest” different items from people and/or retail outlets that are similarly the fruits of their toils. However, this new bounty is not as sweet or genuine.
In the first few pages of the piece the reader is presented with photographs. When the reader moves their mouse over certain objects in the photo, text appears, either describing some sort of back story of the object, or what it means. Some of these hit home for me as meaning something, while others just seemed like complete nonsense.
That is not to say that there is nothing here. The whole piece pounds into the reader that our sort of extreme post-industrial capitalism complex thing is destroying our humanity. That works well at points, but at other points it seems, to me at least, to be overdone and made cryptic for the sake of being cryptic.
The music is also an element that has to be considered, as it is prevalent in the first few pages, but disappears in the mall. Prior to the mall, it seems to fit the room that it was matched with pretty well. What the lack of music in the mall means, I am not sure.
Overall, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this piece, it works well in places, and doesn’t in others. As an entire piece it seems to lack cohesion, other than that of lost humanity in today’s world. But maybe that is just me. Or maybe that’s the point. What do you think?