We desperately check for text messages, emails, and Facebook updates, but what are we longing for? When we reach for our devices, we hope to find something beyond ourselves. How do we write ourselves onto the world? How does the world write itself back onto us?
Glow explores the deep human need for validation that is exposed by our compulsion to use, check, and constantly monitor the media in our lives. On our screens, validation becomes the foundation of identity, one we try to solidify in a fury of words. But in this world of gadgets and social media sites, the words are fragile and easy to undermine, manipulate, and efface. When do we successfully write our identities? What happens when we fail and the words fly back at us?
Glow is about all of us. We live in a time of constant flux, with new media outlets appearing every day. We find new ways to make our increasingly complicated phones beep at us, and then wonder if we control the phones or if they control us. We hear stories about people being fired over social networking posts or about information abuses. Every day, we struggle to establish our own identities in relation to the devices, only to find that innovation has changed the world again.
Glow is our chance to explore this changing world together. The devices lie outside of us, but our compulsions to respond to them, and our ambivalence about those responses, come from within. What are we afraid of and what are we longing for when we turn to our devices? In the face of constantly changing technologies, Glow explores the humanity underlying the technologies, and the empowerment of recognizing it.
First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia
2125 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
September 20, 8:00 pm
September 21, 12:00 pm
September 21, 8:00 pm
$15 General Admission
$10 Students & 25-and-under
Featuring: Ashley Alter, Nina Giacobbe, Rachel O’Hanlon-Rodriguez, Samantha Rose Schwab
Design: Adrian Bridges, Ashley W. Mills
Direction: Sarah Mitteldorf
Please note that Glow contains strong language.