Hofstra University’s student FORM Gallery, Calkins Hall, South Campus presents Qualia by Jordan Siem, on display through Saturday, February 21. Siem, a sophomore from Sherman Oaks, California, is a fine arts major with a concentration in photography. His show features black and white photographs printed with a fiber-based silver gelatin process.
According to Siem, qualia is “a philosophical term referring to the experiential properties of sensation; the ‘redness’ of red, the ‘warmness’ of warmth, etc. By definition, it is impossible to know or understand qualia without direct experience of them, and as a result, they are inherently person-specific and incommunicable.”
Siem’s work focuses on how personal technology can be a distraction from living life to the fullest. “The aggrandized nature of the digital era has caused man to forget what it means to truly experience life in a way where connections are made amongst real people in real environments,” he explains. He hopes to inspire his audience to put down their phones and experience the spontaneity of life.
Though he has been taking pictures since he was in middle school, Siem feels he has achieved a new level of confidence with his art over the past year, allowing him to engage more fully with his subjects. After graduation, he plans to travel the world and document his experiences with photography.
The FORM Gallery is located on the first floor of Calkins Hall, South Campus. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information call the Department of Fine Arts, Design, Art History at 516-463-5474.
Reported by Cassidy Lang ’17