Obsession With Technology a Social Satire: Jean Jullien’s Hilarious Wake-Up Call

By Rahim Said

In the realm of art that seamlessly blends humour with contemplation, French artist Jean Jullien stands out for his tongue-in-cheek masterpieces.

His caricatures ingeniously portray the modern human’s tech obsession, evoking laughter and introspection simultaneously.

As we chuckle at ourselves through Jullien’s lens, we can’t help but shed a tear for the misplaced priority we give to gadgets over genuine human connections.
My initial encounter with Jullien’s work on Baba Mail, a platform known for integrating humour into daily communication, left me captivated by his witty caricatures.
One particular piece vividly resonated with me, depicting a family engrossed in individual devices, oblivious to our presence during a neighbourly visit. This artwork lingered in my mind, compelling me to articulate the absurdity of millennial lifestyles.
Another striking image features people with apples on their ears and faces, navigating the world oblivious to fellow fruit-adorned individuals. It’s undeniably hilarious, yet it prompts reflection on our shared detachment from the present moment.

Jullien, a Nantes-born, Paris-based graphic artist, has garnered a dedicated global following. His works have graced galleries worldwide, and esteemed publications like The New York Times and National Geographic have showcased his art. Beyond his visual commentary, Jullien is the author of popular Phaidon children’s books and has collaborated with renowned brands and institutions.

Returning to his thought-provoking caricatures, Jullien cynically questions the disappearance of fun-loving individuals in the age of smartphones.

Whether it’s the silence around a dinner table or a date preoccupied with photographing food instead of engaging in meaningful conversation, his artworks challenge us to reconsider our tech-centric priorities.

One cannot help but recall the image of a narcissistic barber, a reflection of society’s inclination toward self-absorption. Jullien’s work serves as a compelling reminder to find a balance between our digital and human connections, urging us to rediscover the joy in genuine interactions.

In a world captivated by screens, Jean Jullien’s art invites us to laugh, reflect, and, perhaps, put down our devices to savour the richness of real-life connections.

Dr. Rahim Said is a human behaviourist and regular contributor on digital media platforms. He is a professional management consultant, a corporate trainer and an executive coach specialising in coaching of senior executives and individual entrepreneurs with the purpose of modifying their behaviour in the pursuit of their cherished missions.