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Fear and Loathing in GTA V | Morten Rockford Ravn

For his series of haunting photographs taken in Grand Theft Auto V, Morten Rockford Ravn embarks on a dérive to GTA‘s fictional state of San Andreas. Using in-game technology, he roams the city and produces beautiful, haunting, gritty street photography. He captures the emotional depths of poverty, of loss, of alienation, pain, and…

Dept. of Cute | Crystal Beiersdorfer

“Digital culture is constantly altering the definition of what it means to be a “beautiful” woman, with the worshipping and glorification of the proper thigh gap, hipbone protrusion, exaggerated collarbone, etc. The female body is relentlessly being mutilated through digital software and, as a result, the female psyche is being…

Virtual Embodiment | Christina Smiros

Christina Smiros explores the tensions between technology and the self. In virtual embodidment, she forms and erases her “pixelated form” where she describes her “identity as mine, everyone’s and no one’s–all at once.” The piece questions where the screen begins and the body ends, and who, if anyone, is in…

Blonde Women Looking Away | Szilvia Ruszev

In Blonde Women Looking Away, Szivlia Ruszev responds to The Broad Museum’s collection of artist and photographer Cindy Sherman alongside “Untitled Films Stills” from the Prelinger Archives. Ruszev explains that the “icon of the Blonde Woman…[evokes] power structures and the objectification of the female body.” The artist suggests watching the…

Search Engine Vision “ISIS” | Eric Souther

Search Engine Vision “ISIS” explores the semiotic shift of language as transient definitions that form organically online. The piece opens with examples of the first 1,000 video results from a YouTube search of “ISIS goddess.” Because the search contains the word “ISIS,” the search engine could understand the keyword as a reference to the terrorist…

Brooklyn School of Magic | Elizabeth Montague

Artist Statement This piece was inspired by a combination of the recent casting of a black Hermione Granger in the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the all black cast in the film adaptation of the musical The Wiz Live!. With this in the back of my mind, I saw a photograph on Tumblr…

The Word on the Street is not a Word: It’s An 😄 | Grace O’Brien

The newfound popularity of emojis and emoticons can be attributed to the human need for nonverbal communication, representing language progression and evolution.  They serve to imbue digital writing with imperative nonverbal cues that would otherwise be lacking. For the first time in history, Oxford English Dictionary (OED) “Word of the…

Marginal Consent | Dana Dal Bo

Editor’s note: This piece is intended for mature audiences. In this two-minute video, artist Dana Dal Bo reenacts poses associated with hysteria in the late 19th century. The piece was posted online on amateur porn and “tubesites”. The work is complicated by its publication as web users attempted to place the artist’s actions…

Island Fishing | Chris Ritson

Island Fishing is a video loop created from digitally composited, handmade, stop-motion animations. It uses traditional Japanese kirigami forms (cut-and-glue origami) to manipulate depictions of human bodies as represented in free tourist magazines distributed across Waikiki. The narrative depicts a moment from the myth of the god Māui as he hauls up…

On Digital Sexuality: Emergence and Digital Art | Brandon Gellis

     Within the United States, responses toward LGBTQ communities by the culture at large (the mainstream culture) have transformed within the last 100 years. Toward the beginning of the 20th century, homosexuality was deemed immoral and punishable by law, necessitating that most homosexuals remained closeted and forcing gay communities to evolve separately from,…