MAN NA MANAM NA MAN MANAM +[AR]tIFICATION OF THE SELF!

ARTIST STATEMENT

Through its making of a digital palimpsest, Man Na Manam Na Man Manam comments on Augmented Reality (AR) technology’s promise to change our experiencing of body/object and body/body interactions. This interactive installation is conceived to add new layers of meaning to the ways in which bodies are perceived, projected and consumed in performance art. Instigating discussions around time-based fragmentation of the self in relation to the triangulation of the body of the participant, that of the artist, and the body of work, itself, this AR performance creates a new visual vocabulary to further complicate human/machine dichotomy. The title (translated “I Am Not I And Neither Am I I”) is a line of mystical Sufi poetry attributed to the 13thcentury Persian poet and scholar known as Rumi. Departing from this profundity, I hope to explore the outer limits of identity, spirit and body interacting and melding with technology. The poetry unsettles understanding of the (Divine) Self in relation to the (Beloved) Other as they act both as the objects of desire as well as the desiring subjects.

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