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Your work often explores what makes us human, and how we engage with intimacy via hand-held technology. What is it that interests you about this?

EMMA TALBOT:

The speed of technological developments is a crucial part of the world we live in. My interest is the human experience and I found it interesting how much emotional energy we invest into our devices. I couldn’t help thinking that self-regard and emotional interplay were clever ways of seducing humans into an ever-greater dependency on technology. Last year, I made a large installation for Eastside Projects in Birmingham, called ‘When Screens Break’. It imagined the way we would be drawn into virtual worlds once our physical world became too unstable and described the ways we were being seduced to comply with AI. My recent work has been underpinned by a common theme – that of being under the spell of advanced capitalism and wondering if anything will break the spell.