Modern technology and its proliferation is a subject of immediate relevance, interest, and importance. Building upon events and knowledge from the twentieth-century, the twenty-first-century (i.e., information civilization) has seen an unprecedented increase in the development and pervasiveness of advanced technologies.
Trevor Embury’s research and body of work facilitates investigations into paradoxical and asymmetrical relationships between twenty-first-century individuals as both agents of looking and subjects of surveillance. From the Internet of things and monitored consumer behaviour to persuasive technologies and algorithmic bias—the many forms of modern technology are bolstered by capitalist business models that inflect our everyday and shape our human experience.
His work explores the social and political dimensions of our entanglement with modern technology through the roles of image, language, visibility, and agency in the broader context of ownership, inequality, chaos, and control. His work aims to draw attention to existing cultural forms and their operations to encourage individual action and generate collective dialogue on such salient topics.
︎︎︎ His practice is situated within the domain of research-creation—connecting artistic and academic research practices through scholarly inquiry, visual experimentation, and critical reflection. His methods and perspectives engage critical discourse in fields ranging from cultural studies to information science rendered through the lens of graphic design.
His work consists of printed matter, photography, video, and site-specific installations.