Molecular Multiplicities

HD, Stereo sound, 8’ 30”
3min preview – full film on request
Credits:
3D model – Ten24 media
Edit, words, sound – the artist

An inspection of the human. The film follows a figure, exploring the intimacies of the skin down to the pore level. And, as a digital manipulation of highly polished, post produced 3D scan, the footage appears troublingly hyperreal. This is partnered with techno-scientific narrative in subtitles that attempts to tell truths about how the ‘self’ is constructed and maintained at a molecular level by the immune system – and, on closer inspection of the role of companion species that live on our skin, a breakdown of this techno-scientific language. Self might be always already molecularly multiple, and skin nothing other then a mirage. The manipulation of footage is undertaken by the small graphic icon of a hand – a mouse icon – the everyday digital graphic, revealing the film as a screen capture. It hesitantly explores, stopping pausing, manipulating, and after a while scales get lost, and icon movement seems on the verge of caress – perhaps the most recognisably human element.

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