The Artist as Queer Woman (2015)
The Artist as Queer Woman is a multimedia installation that utilizes interactive, sensor-mapped video to discuss the exclusivity of Western artistic subjectivity, and the politics around self-imaging for women, feminine people, and queer femmes. Through interactive self-portraits, the piece examines how the artist's experience of gender, presentation, and sexuality influences her process as both a creator and a visual subject.
This piece was shown as part of EXCEPT/ON, an exhibition on view from 10 to 14 September 2015 at Goldsmiths, University of London. The wall text, included as part of the installation, read:
"The role of the Artist is romanticized as that of a primarily straight, white, male creative genius. Creating art outside of these bounds, particularly art dealing with personal experience and process, sometimes feels alienating and without necessary context. The balance between success, visibility, and fetishization when discussing sexuality, queerness, and women can be uneasy. Imaging oneself, even as an artist, is a constant negotiation."
The Artist as Queer Woman uses an IR distance sensor to obtain numerical analog data about where participants are in the exhibition space, as well as a live webcam feed using openCV to 'count' the number of participants interacting with it at any given time. An openFrameworks program receives the sensor data and obtains the number of participants, then sends both numbers via Open Sound Control (OSC) to a closed wifi network. The monitors displaying the videos are powered by individual Raspberry Pis running openFrameworks programs, which display the videos. The speed and consistency of the looped videos is affected by the values the programs receive while connected to the wifi network. The modification of the video playback causes the viewer to perceive gaze of the self-portraits as following them across the space.