Our relationship with screen culture has dramatically changed. Much of our daily interaction with others, our community and culture is mediated through screens. Increasingly, the way we relate to other bodies is via technological devices. These interactions and representations frame our world-view, informing our self-perception and social constructions.
The Internet has become a space where we can claim and narrate our screen bodies. This virtual space has the potential to offer resistance to normative representations of the body, creating bodies outside the hegemonic logic and disrupting the shared social ideal reflected around us. Sadly however, it can also further reinforce binary and simplistic readings of what the body “should” look like. These body ideals are repeated and strengthened through self-policing, as well as shaming those that have “failed” to meet the current standards, placing blame on the individual for their perceived deficiencies. Just read the comments sections!
Indisposed teases out notions of the body presented for public consumption. At once avowing and disavowing; revealing and hiding; constructing and deconstructing; our body reanimation is tinged with contradictions. Through performance, Cassandra Tytler enacts a character wrestling with what her body means to her and to others through her own representation of it televisually. She uses performativity, humour and pathos as tools to draw out ideas of self-representation, body hatred, body perfection, and how screen personas are an articulation of who we are and atonement for what we are not.
Edited by Morgana Mountfort-Davies
I’m Ugly, 2016; HD Video loop, 6 minutes, 16:9, Sound
(Camera: Robert Harding; Sound: Jake Moore)
Hey Guys, 2016; HD Video loop, 13 minutes, 16:9, Sound
(Music: Adam Selzer, Charmed Life; Honey Larochelle, Hijack, Aabo Remix, From The Free Music Archive, NC)
Monkey Suit, 2016; HD Video loop, 8’25” minutes, 16:9, Sound
(Camera: Julien Devin, Music: The Pixies, Gigantic; Sonic Youth, Kissability; The Plasmatics, Monkey Suit)
There’s Something, 2016; HD Video loop, 8 minutes, 16:9, Sound
(Sound: Jake Moore)
It’s Me, 2016; HD Video loop, 6 minutes, 16:9, Sound
(Costume: Marina Thomson; Sound: Jake Moore)
Squash, 2016; HD Video loop, 8’46”, 16:9, Sound
(Music: Gus Franklin)
Wobble, 2016; HD Video loop, 3’26”, 16:9, Sound
(Music: Gus Franklin)