Overlapping a handful of mediums, and referencing the performative and visual grammar of YouTube and social media, the piece aims to convey a pastiche of self-representation and institutional critique. At the same time, it exacerbates speculative contexts in which a body augments itself through technology.
A 3D model constructed out of pictures through the scanning technique of photogrammetry becomes the central point around which all other images arrange. This digital object, initially conceived as a performative expansion of the physical body, is reiterated through a camera performance that presents a fictitious transit prior to the body scanning. Renders of the 3D model in different phases of the editing process as well as a documentation of its passage of objectification through 3D printing supplement the visual narrative.
This media multiplication purposefully overlaps the technicality of making an object from a body with the cultural implications of otherness. As a performative exploration of image-making and its technical interfaces, the piece revolves around the tensions between the diversity mandates of art institutions —that see in cultural minorities a way of staying current— and the personal conflicts of avoiding tokenization.