Web History – A Portrait

As our world continually moves from the physical to the intangible, I became obsessed with philosopher Walter Benjamin’s idea that discarded information can form a portrait of someone. I began wondering what my contemporary refuse would be and how it could constitute my portrait.

These stale textual inquiries collected from my browser over a course of three days say more than a traditional portrait ever could. A multifaceted vignette of my mental trajectory— my thoughts, fears, concerns, all submitted uninhibitedly in real time into an unknown, illusory space. This information- used and chewed up – is my past, present, and future. It will always be a part of me. Web history is our contemporary refuse.

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