The Dadabyte Theater
Welcome to The Dadabyte Theater. A cyberspace of mixed timeline. An ode to the Dadaists and Bauhausian artists of the 20th century. As opposed to the crush of steel, there’s a crush of data we are currently facing within the present technological information revolution. Using the studio as a stage for this in-camera self-portrait work, I aim to reflect a theatricalization of the “real”, an attempt to find balanced modes of being in a hyper-connected, ever increasing, mechanical society dominated by technology.
Parts of my body recede into the imagined dark spaces of history and the Internet, as other parts are being shaped and forced to conform to expectations of femaleness within regimented societal structures. Within the burgeoning, unchanneled broadcast of snackable short-form content and communication: texts and tweets for example – what gets lost is history, knowledge and critical inquiry. The female body is historically regimented and contorted – from the ruff, the corset, the bra to the current data stream of selfies, social network cyborg identities and political dismantling of our rights. While working at the Renaissance Faire the best part of my day was unlacing my corset. The alluring yet trapping aesthetic of shapewear is something all women contend with. And now, with the coronation of citizenship to Sophia, the first female hyper-tech robot, the female body seems ever-more threatened.
As the youngest of three older siblings, I experienced generational shifts in technology, passing out of the pre-digital to digital – we are crossing into the new frontier with driverless cars, trucks, drones, and 3-D technology. Autonomous machines of war, labor, pleasure, care, companionship and other technological systems of control, domination and comfort are being produced within this dizzying systemic capitalist merry-go-round. In the current state of rapid archaicness of built-in obsolescence, I use referential technologies that still function but are mostly obsolete socially. We are all apart of this science nonfiction. Throughout history, each system, from a monarchy to corporatocracy, has forced segments of society to struggle for agency in these ever-expanding social, economic worlds. I chose to explore my own agency and autonomy through this work. By using products of industry, I aim to illustrate the constraints these new technologies present. Examining history allows us perspective of what has been lost, and what has been gained, in order to inform a path to the future.