From the perspective of an all-knowing machine, how would I be seen?
Many times have I questioned my humanity, because as an artist working in and thinking within the intersection between technology and art, my experience interacting with the digital world constantly brings me the feelings of being alienated and objectified. In many cases, I find myself exposed to a relationship of interactivity between me and machine that is very unequal:
It’s challenging for a normal person like me to learn about machine, but with all of our digital footprints, it’s so easy for machine to learn about me.
We rely on our electronic devices to be connected, informed and entertained, but the devices only asks from us such superficial triggers: a tap, a word or just a body with warmth.
I couldn’t help but imaging, from the perspective of an all knowing machine, how we I be seen? Would I be seen as an unique existence, or a set of duplicatable data? Would I be seen as a versatile user, or a single functioning object? Would I be seen as a human, or as a machine?
“Daily Dividuals” is both a research project and an artistic practice, in which I performed a complete objectification of myself. Turning my body into a hyper-flexible avatar through 3d scanning and modeling, I produced a series of avatar-based Augmented Reality body sculptures of surreal scenes from everyday life in an imaginary future where the roles of human and machine are reversed. Combining social commentary and satire, the project aim to reflect the alienation of and between individuals and their surrounding environments due to increasing complexity and capability of technology in the age of algorithm.
The project includes a series of AR sculptures presented in short movie clips that provides the context for each sculpture. As a reflection on the core concept “bodily alienation in the digital age,” the project layers the theme and presents, through an Augmented Reality lens, the imaginary transformation of the human body merging with and functioning as everyday objects.
It’s a dystopian vision I present here. Through the jarring and surreal images, I hope to prompt viewers to pause and consider the phenomena of estrangement observed in our evolving relationship to and dependence on machines.
The project creatively associate body avatar with everyday objects in shape and function, exploring the possibility and flexibility to duplicate and modify human avatar in an Augmented Reality environment. It purposely reverses the conventional ways a human interacts with common devices and presents an unorthodox perspective to once more reexamine the alienation of humans. We always thought we are making machine more like us, but it may be that we are becoming more like machines. In a sense, we are meeting machine in the middle.