Nudity is often accepted when used in the context of art, performance or theater. However, it is a taboo subject in most other scenarios.
“Notes in Justification of Putting the Audience Through a Difficult Evening” was an interesting read as it addresses the discomfort from controversies and sensitive topics that are seemingly polarized yet challenging to pick a side at times.
Earlier this semester, I took a class called “Performative Avatars” where we learned about creating our avatars with 3D scanning technique and discussed various topics relating to our virtual identities such as body politics, gender labels and violence.
For my durational performance study, I am curious about how exhausting my emotion can affect my physical reaction. I decided to perform the game “he loves me, he loves me not” where one seeks to determine whether his or her love interest returns that affection by pickling one petal off a flower per phrase.
Roland and I would like to continue our laser project for final. To reiterate our idea – we want to create nude portraits that are Base64 representations of images taken by a web-camera. The ideal viewer is a human-machine hybrid/cyborg that is capable of both decoding etched Base64 and recognizing the human element of the artifact.
This semester I had the opportunity to participate in Big Screens which is a course that uses the IAC building’s 12ft tall and 120ft wide LED screen to create site specific video, performance or other screen based interaction. The final showcase will be open to public on November 30th. My team is working on a live performance about a future fitness training.
For our truth or dare assignment, we decided to redesigned the game into “Innie or Outtie” to encourage self-care.
We will start the game with a group of two or more. Player 1 will ask Player 2 to pick between “innie” and “outtie”. Player 1 will then give a positive suggestion according to Player 2’s choice. Innie is something you do for yourself while outtie is something the whole group do together.
We did a play test among me, Suzanne and August. August began the game and asked Suzanne to pick between innie and outtie. Suzanne picked outtie and August suggested that we all stretch for a minute. Afterwards, Suzanne repeated the same process with me and I picked innie. Suzanne asked me to talk about what I was grateful for and I responded “my family”. I then repeated the process with August. He also picked innie and I suggested him to set a reminder on his phone to ensure he leaves this floor by 9:30pm tonight.
Engaging in consented sexual activities is pleasurable and natural to human’s biological need yet sex is often a taboo subject in society and even “shameful” to a more conservative culture. As an ex-Berliner and burner, I have attended a good amount of sex positive parties where people were opening having intercourse by the dance floor. It was weird for me to witnessed that for the first time in the beginning of my Berlin life four years ago. As liberal as New York City is, what was acceptable at a standard techno party in Berlin would never be allowed here in the US.
When I uploaded a 3D scan of myself onto my instagram @madbunnykim several weeks ago, I received many comments of “Is that you?”, “It looks so much like you”, “It looks disturbingly real!” from friends who know me well IRL. Contemplating those feedback made me realize that I actually have the power to create an imaginary persona hosts in a body of my likeness.
Despite knowing that human relationships are highly unpredictable, I often find myself being involved in risky romantic situations. I am exhausted by modern day romance that does not comply with conventional relationship rules hence difficult to understand. However, I also realized that instead of spending time internalizing sadness, I can turn my “break up” experience into something powerful. I decided to start a ritual of my own where I create an art piece at the end of every challenging romantic relationships. It will act as a way of releasing my emotional turmoil to move on to a new beginning.