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 outside contaminant introduced to the body and causes system errors either in medicine or engineering. Conveying the concept of repair, caring, and fragility, the series of sculptures have elements of kelp forest, lotus leaves, stems, and a broken spaceship. The elements, which are directly hand-drawn with a plasma cutter, form sometimes a bodily object, a metamorphic body.
From personal experiences I’ve started questioning who is entitled to be “I”, or “You”, blending subjectivity. My attention expanded to the normativity of the body, the concept of it, and towards more bodies. Then: metamorphic bodies as the autonomous agencies, the presentation reflects the complexity of bodily matter in relation to hybridity between organic and technical; a chain of theoretical, social, and political effects; a rippling of intricate intentions.
I've been thinking about the concept of repair and fragility. To understand bodies as hybridity, we need to shift the idea of the spaces where we live as hybridity too. The series of sculptures have elements of kelp forest, lotus leaves, stems, and a broken spaceship. The elements, which are directly hand-drawn with a plasma cutter, form sometimes a bodily object, a metamorphic body. Observing technological devices that are a part of my body in daily life (or my tooth) and being interested in the forms of biological organisms, all come together as bodily matter in a setting blending domestic and public – like an operating theatre.
In the Foreign Object Debris, the anthropomorphic figures are formed in an emotional state which brings empathy to viewers. These human-ish figures are fixing each other, repairing their own skin. The mirror reflects viewers and figures. Sometimes one mirror would reflect only a figure instead of a visitor's face when a viewer is looking into it. Therefore the concept of 'foreign object' gets shaken - it can mean all of us, depending on a perspective.
The booklet of the presentation conveys layers of thoughts on the exhibition's subject matter as floating words around the presentation in a form of fiction, essay, and poem.