This Art Experience was a pretty normal experience for me. To purge all electricity from my night, I chose to light some candles in my bedroom and read by candlelight. This night I chose to read my assigned passages for my English class. I usually read in the same spot by the night table at least every week. As a result, the art experience was pretty easy in that it didn’t really take me out of my normal routine. However, one thing I wasn’t able to do was listen to music through my iPhone. I usually listen to music until I feel tired enough to sleep. In a way, it probably helps me sleep faster. Due to this, I found myself having a hard time falling asleep without headphones in my ear.
In reflection, living without electricity is much more harmonious and organic because only natural light and sound occurs. The setting one puts him or herself in feels more peaceful and tranquil. In today’s age, living without electricity is much more limiting because we cannot use the electrical items we typically use: phones, computers, TVs, etc. Without constant stimulation, people would have to think of clever ways to stimulate themselves through games or sports. These sources of stimulation, however, would all involve other people and social interaction. In a way, electricity and the technology that comes with it has made society much more closed off and introverted. My ideal activity schedule would include a mix of computer activity and social interactions with friends. I’d be able to limit television and video games, but there’s too much to be done on a computer.