Lady Cassandra: a visual exploration of notions of the body in the face of rapidly escalating technological change
Sonja Mary Hindrum
In this synthesized dystopia home-grown bacteria are generated to create coded bodyscapes, suggestive of future communication technologies. It explores re-imagining human relationships through our access to evolving technological interfaces—the source of this evolution being the marriage of technology and biology as we search for vast new realms of information storage and data retention. The Digital images support a notion of our inner and outer selves, hiding behind a digital barrier, possibly presenting a false self. The work thereby suggests that participation in reality is now voyeuristic to hide violent truths.
Violence; Art; BioArt; Communication; Connection; Coded Bodyscapes; Manipulation
ERA RESEARCH STATEMENT
These collective works are a visual exploration of notions of the body in the face of rapidly escalating technological change. The central objective was a speculative re-imagination of the body, in actively considering body augmentation—consisting of, but not limited to, scarification, tattooing and integrated technology, questioning concepts of connectivity and communication. The work thereby suggests that participation in reality is now voyeuristic to hide violent truths.
The major contribution of the final exhibition was to enable a direct experience of speculative concepts of connectivity and communication via mixed media, including bacteria as a flesh analogue.
This work led to the artist being placed on the Dean’s Honour Roll for the School of Creative Arts at the University of Tasmania (Launceston) in the degree Bachelor of Contemporary Arts with Honours. The final exhibition was recognised and awarded the Sawtooth ARI prize resulting in an extension of the body of works.
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