(Virtual) | Dematerialized
To view this work please visit our Currents Virtual Festival site on the Ohyah platform. Click on the External Media link above. Once you board the train get off at the Virtual Reality stop.
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.