Foreign Object Debris
Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Diplomapresentation, June 2022
The title "Foreign Object Debris" refers to the term "foreign object", which is defined as any kind of external contamination that enters the body and causes system failures in medicine or technology. The sculpture series, which conveys the concept of repair, care, and fragility, consists of elements of kelp forests, lotus leaves, logs, and a broken spaceship. The elements, drawn directly by hand with a plasma cutter, sometimes form a physical object, a metamorphic body.
Based on personal experiences, I began to question who has the right to be "I" or "you" and to mix subjectivity. My attention expanded to the normativity of the body, the concept of the body, and more bodies. Then: metamorphic bodies as autonomous agencies, the presentation reflecting the complexity of body matter in relation to the hybridity between the organic and the technical; a chain of theoretical, social, and political effects; a ripple of intertwined intentions.
I have been thinking about the concept of repair and fragility. To understand bodies as hybridity, we must also understand the spaces we live in as hybridity. The sculpture series consists of elements of kelp forests, lotus leaves, logs, and a broken spaceship. The elements, drawn directly by hand with a plasma cutter, sometimes form a physical object, a metamorphic body. The observation of technological devices that are part of my body in daily life (or my tooth) and my interest in the forms of biological organisms come together as corporeal matter in an environment where domestic and public life intermingle-as in an operating room.
In Foreign Object Debris, the anthropomorphic figures are formed in an emotional state that evokes empathy in the viewer. These human-like figures repair each other, they repair their own skin. The mirror reflects the viewer and figures. Sometimes a mirror reflects only a figure and not a visitor's face when a viewer looks into it. Thus, the notion of a "foreign body" falters - it can mean all of us, depending on the perspective.
The booklet of the presentation conveys layers of thoughts on the theme of the exhibition as floating words around the presentation in a form of fiction, essay, and poem.