Do humans struggle for the capacity to maintain a sense of self aside from the accompaniment of a personal technological device? Through a mediated experience, this device can record, alter and preserve the sense of self ofthe user. In a way, it serves as a personal mirror.
In Water and Dreams (1942), Gaston Bachelard discusses the degraded reflection of the self in a geometric mirror.
In Black Mirror: White Christmas (2017), by Charlie Brooker, individuals have the option to block eachother in their present physical realities by pressing a button on a personal device. Here, the blocker and the blockee become flat, pacified, brightly pixilated human-shaped blobs stripped of their expressive human qualities, the present sense of self is skewed.
Block Mirror attempts to merge these two ideas.
How much time does one's mind spend outside the body in the age of disembodiment?
Shovelling Piles is a heuristic experience where I learn with mostly physical rather than predominant cognitive involvement.
I labour under a simple equation: show up, work hard for a set duration, and be conscious with my body. This work also questions productivity.
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I pressure washed an entrance walkway at Emily Carr University in efforts to investigate productivity, physical labour, and the perceptions of the viewer.
I painted a pedestrian zone on a street that I walk daily to remind careless drivers that there are no sidewalks.
The text Water and Dreams (1942) by Gaston Bachelard discusses the psychological advantage of using natural water as a mirror. It suggests that a lake serves to make the human image more natural. It gives more innocence to the pride we have in our private contemplation and provides opportunity for open imagination. The precise analytic narcissism of a brightly lit reflection in a geometric mirror is an impure image of the self.
While reading this text, I visited a lake in my neighborhood several times. This inspired me to merge the two types of mirrors discussed by Bachelard by building a geometric water mirror filled with private enterprise water that claims to have the taste of purity and consider what reflection it might give.
I explore experiences that have the potential to stretch the limitations I set on myself as a disciplined participant of advanced capitalism.
My projects have taken root in movement and physicality and explore methodic gestures, civic duty, labour, and my place within these spheres.
While focussed on the freedom of my actions, I aim to represent a current human evolution that I am inevitably a part of.
I am a 5th generation French Canadian settler, currently living on the unceded and occupied First Nations territory of the Lekwungen, Coast Salish and WSÁNEĆ peoples called Saanich located on what is called southern Vancouver Island in the Pacific Northwest.