At exactly midnight last night the internet cut off across the globe. There have been no demands from terrorists, NASA has not declared any solar flares to be responsible, so far we have no clue as to what has happened, or how long it will last.
What we do know is that panic has ensued, we have reports of crowds of people gathered in the streets trying to find out what's happened, businesses have reported record absences from their employees, children have been kept out of schools, phone shops have closed their doors due to the sheer numbers of people demanding answers. The emergency services have been inundated with questions ranging from whether stores will be open, to what temperature to cook a chicken.
The public are not the only ones concerned. A great number of services and businesses now rely on the internet, but individuals have learnt to rely so heavily on internet access, that they have lost the ability to function without it. Whilst one day without internet access may not create damage that cannot be rectified, there do not seem to be many businesses that have a contingency plan in place for if we ever reach a day that the internet is lost forever. The United States Cyber Consequences unit suggest that any longer than four days without the internet globally, could change the world as we know it.
Considering the average of 3.2 billion searches a day, it's not difficult to understand how reliant we have become on reaching for that phone or tablet to get a quick and convenient answer. However, for some, it seems to be their only method of research, and the most simple of questions will be asked of the internet on a monthly basis, such as what time it is in different parts of the world, what the weather will be like, and how to get pregnant! So we have gathered a number of reports that present a more whimsical look at internet usage, in the hopes that today is merely a glitch, and tomorrow the world will awake with a sigh as they can get all the answers once again.
Rich with narrative and detailed compositions, Jai fuels his art with his observations of the world, in particular, his experiences in nature and culture. These observations were heavily influenced by monumental cultural and social events that impacted his family. Both parents adopting England as their new home after political unrest in their respected countries, India and Africa. As a child, Jai was continually exposed to contrasting cultures, each filled with nuanced ideas and traditions. At home, he was immersed in philosophy, arts, and spiritual practices from South Asia. Outside of the home, he experienced British values and traditions in a working-class environment. This contrast shaped Jai's perception of the world and inspired a curiosity to discover his identity and place in it. For over twenty years, Jai explored his curiosity to discover his position among the chaos and recorded this journey using multiple forms of artistic expression.
For Jai, art was always a form of play, an escape from reality. His earliest memories were filled only by him drawing or sketching alone, away from everything. This simple activity offered him the opportunity to experience peace and joy no matter the quality of his creation. He truly understood the value of this experience and knew that he would pursue this feeling for as long as he was alive.
Jai formerly studied art during his early twenties. Initially, he was drawn to fine art, in particular, renaissance and mogul stylised paintings. Examples of these works were positioned throughout his home in the form of religious art, in particular, artwork depicting Hindu Gods and Jesus Christ. Jai had a respectful appreciation for the artist's who specialised in this type of art and displayed wonderful technique to convey their visions, however, it was more the content, the narrative beyond the visual which truly interested Jai. His experiences of both Hinduism and Christianity as spiritual practices with rich, detailed context, prepared Jai to look beyond the literal and seek clues to the overall story or theme of art. He truly understood the power of these historic visuals and how they impact peoples thoughts, ideas and perceptions. of art and displayed wonderful technique to convey their visions, however, it was more the content, the narrative beyond the visual which truly interested Jai. His experiences of both Hinduism and Christianity as spiritual practices with rich, detailed context, prepared Jai to look beyond the literal and seek clues to the overall story or theme of art. He truly understood the power of these historic visuals and how they impact peoples thoughts, ideas and perceptions.
Prior to Jai's voyage into art, he displayed a natural a curiosity for history and culture. He was heavily influencedby monumental cultural and social events that affected his family. Both parents adopting England as their new home after political unrest in