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When you touched me, you left something in me

Virtual Reality - 2021

The work is a Virtual Reality space where everything is textured with the artist’s skin.  Inspired by a dream, the work raises questions about a vigilante and biometric dystopia. Digital systems increasingly use biometric scanning as personal identification. The lines drawn on our hands are responsible for creating a surveillant identity. Organic skin comes into contact with touch-sensitive surfaces, which reduce us to digital data that relate to each other. 

Is it these relational data fragments that come to define humanity? Can we reduce all human and non-human relationships to data-relations? What are the possible encounters and what is the meaning of touch in this context? These are contradictory questions that include skin as organ of touch, touch as intimacy, and metrical skin as identity. The work explores these questions through an immersive visual and audio experience. 

    The textures were created by scanning different parts of the artist’s skin. These images were grouped together to create collage-like assemblages of different skin segments, producing a variety of textures that could be applied to different objects.

    The terrain of the environment has a slight movement that happens from a generative process.  The movement of the terrain affects all objects in the environment, which, when moving, are slightly deformed, causing the texture of the skin to undergo slight variations as well. In this way, the environment creates new dermatoglyphic combinations, as if it were looking for its own fingerprint. Meanwhile the visitor listens to the recitation of a text.

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