Sentimentality for Jess

Sentimentality for Jess
Still Image
Irina Zadorozhnaia
"These are my mind's eyes, I who have no eyes. These are my mind's mind, I who am not mind. I am bereft of traits, bankrupt of qualities. The riches of the dead are extravagant next to my destitute estate. I have nothing but my immortality; and now, desiring or not, they will have it too. And I am glad I cannot know them. But I am even gladder they cannot know me." - Thomas Ligotti Jess is a three-dimensional 'trauma-training manikin’. From family photos, I selected several images from different periods. Using the camera-mapping technique, the view of the camera was reconstructed and Jess is animated in the image and likeness of those posing. Homogeneity of the space and the model are used to isolate the pose as such. Jess tried on the role of each participant, treating the body as a material in the literal sense. The posture thus alienated transforms the cultural experience into a virtual one. Jess is an instrument, Jess is a form, Jess is a heroine. This simulation mimics the representation of human relations system: the avatar is only a receptacle for the return of the ghosts, like a hostage, compelled to identify with physical and cultural human experience. On the other hand, artefacts from this kind of manipulation process show a distinctive nature. They begin to live their own life, altering the notion of individual, holistic and unique, real and hypothetical.