Corporate Cannibal by Grace Jones relates to the application known as Tinder, in a way that is more foreshadowing. It has been argued that capitalism and consumerism have been influenced our thinking so much that we have evolved our very way of making our decisions about anything around the way we make choices based on capitalism. We essentially have become capitalists as opposed to humanists just as Grace Jones is transformed in the video. She is morphed into an unrecognizable shape, and I would argue that the morphism is comparable to the visualization of data, “she turns herself into a thing.” Data is what we become when we are collected into profiles on an app. Grace Jones herself transformed from a human to a thing much like we all have become, accumulated data informed by algorithms which, “demands or obedience, without promising us any hope of empathy, intimacy, or identification in return.” Jean-Paul Goude expresses how his marriage to Grace Jones fell apart when “[Jones] felt I had started to love the character we had created more than I loved her.” As one falls in love with the idea of Tinder rather than the person behind the app that resembles, “Singularity,” in which all-too-human limitations are transcended through new technologies, and by the subsumption of flesh into machines.” Capitalism wants us to become more like machines so that our actions are more predictable and we are easier to control.
I cannot express how excited I am for this video project.
The goal for this initial exercise for me is to collect 20, 2-second videos to make a 40-second video. I want to mimic eye blinks, this will be through a first-person perspective. We are limited as far as our subject goes, which is texture and motion so it’s been a challenge.
I focused on the texture of the human body and the movements of automobiles.
(Not my image, but inspiration)
I tried to also capture bees, animals, and people walking.
We will see how it all turns out!
This week I want to explore new technological advancements in Assistive Technology.
As an HR, IT, Marketing Rep. for a disability organization I spend a lot of my time researching adaptive technology and other ways on how to make our sources more accessible, which has inspired me to make art itself more accessible.
When I was in my undergrad I focused on creating 2-D art pieces, (some video) but, my art was more a reflection of myself and my ableist abilities. Now, that I have come to terms with my own disabilities and identities and the different abilities and identities of others, I am trying to focus on how to make art accessible to ALL regardless of socio-economic status and ability.
What I have been inspiring me lately is this podcast I listened to from 99% Invisible about Augmented Reality. The focus of this podcast was Augmented Reality in audio primarily.
I grew interested in this from a selfish standpoint of my own disability. I spend a lot of time dissociating. When I dissociate I spend a lot of my time grounding myself and coming back into reality. I was thinking that Sound Augmentation could be used as a tool to assist those who experience this come back to the moment or at least assist them to be more connected with the world without becoming overwhelmed and isolated.
This technology could also be used to bring art to those who are blind or visually impaired, and other disabilities as well.
Is this a possible thesis? Maybe. But, for now, it is only a theory or what some might call a dream. Regardless, I’m going to make it happen.