Want to know what Communication Overload sounds like? Listen to this!

Matt Ganucheau does it again. Yet another awesome recommendation. This time, in the form of a musical short film that may be all too familiar to folks watching this now. Please feel free to leave a comment about how this resonates with you OR how it doesn’t. I’m curious and would love to hear what you think.


Author: Dorothy R. Santos

Dorothy R. Santos is a writer, editor, curator, and educator whose research areas and interests include new media and digital art, activism, artificial intelligence, networked culture, and biotechnology. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco, and received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. She is currently the managing editor for Hyphen magazine. Her work appears in art21, Art Practical, Daily Serving, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, and Public Art Dialogue. She has lectured and spoken at the De Young museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Stanford University, School of Visual Arts, and more. Her essay “Materiality to Machines: Manufacturing the Organic and Hypotheses for Future Imaginings,” has been published to The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture in 2016. She serves as executive staff for the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism, board member for the SOMArts Cultural Center, and teaches at the University of California, Santa Cruz in the Digital Art and New Media department.

6 thoughts on “Want to know what Communication Overload sounds like? Listen to this!”

  1. Looks to me like communication overload is some kind of growing monster spawned from the sea of information glut.

    I like the way he packs all that in a short film gently and creatively, without being harsh or offensive.

  2. It’s very clever and funny. All kinds of stimuli are portrayed, and of course, I can see that the visuals are as carefully crafted. (For me the most memorable parts are the birds tweeting, and his tumbling down the stairs landing face-to-face with a ferocious bear, rug.)

    1. Yeah, those were definitely great parts. The bear probably suffered from communication overload (which is probably why s/he is a rug now!) Ha ha. Thanks again for commenting and being engaged. It means a lot. 🙂

  3. Yes, user-friendly, family-safe, almost, dare I say, Disney-pretty. I also see this as communication underload/absence/vacancy. What can be said without eyeballs from human to human? Really. Ok, I realize this is a blog post comment seething with hypocrisy but seriously… Seriously. It’s brilliant. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Yes. I completely understand. Your comment is timely. One of my friends wrote a comment about her frustration with Facebook and social networking, which is related to this discussion of communication overload. I responded with, “I’ve learned more about time management and self-care through creating boundaries. If I want five people versus the 1000 to know, I call and connect. If I know there are specific people I want to see at art shows, I tell those people I’m needing connection. Bottom line: Working with what you have and how you can leverage the technology versus being upset with it. Humans created the technology. It didn’t create itself”. I whole heartedly believe that arts (all forms from painting to sculpture to new media/programming/hacking) are integral and imperative in our world. They teach us how to step back…much like this short film…and look at what we are doing and not doing in our lives. Thanks again, Liz!

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