My investigation is into expressions of intimacy and alienation as they relate to physical touch, and how these manifest in visual representation. I explore the way that visual and social innovations in technology support or undermine social praxis and personal agency.
Touch is largely the domain of family members and lovers. Other opportunities for touch are governed by explicit rules, implicit social pressures, or operate in the realms of medicine and commerce. Companionship and contact are fundamental aspects of life and are powerful driving forces for engagement. With technological innovation, vision becomes a surrogate for presence and touch. I examine how desire and longing are engaged and amplified by technology and how disembodiment influences the capacity to act against physical and social alienation.
Home movies are relational and familiar as a formula, and they reiterate a specific cultural ideology constructed around the hetero-normative nuclear family as an almost exclusive source for connection and bonding. Currently video is used as a mimetic form of reality, with contingent degrees of intimacy, desire and alienation involved. This footage becomes the vernacular of the culture, manifested through its self-represented and completely self-conscious lens. The actors frequently and regularly acknowledge the camera by enthusiastically waving to the future – to this record of themselves and to those who will eventually bear witness.