(Virtual) | Dematerialized
What do we lose when our bodies are scanned, uploaded and sent into digital space? I have explored the losses involved in digital replication for years in my sculpture, but this year it feels especially apt.
I use a 3D laser scanner that is ill-equipped to capture motion, and so when I scan a moving body, it generates layers of overlapping fragments. I then renders this damaged data to create large inkjet prints that recall Victorian spirit photography, or 3D prints resembling futuristic relics. Dematerialized is a virtual reimagining - using Mozilla Hubs - of a real exhibition at SVA in New York that was interrupted by COVID. Visualizing my sculptures at a monumental scale opened up a new avenue of experimentation for me as a digital artist whose outcome has, until now, been material.