Within the digital age, many people seek out forms of intimacy through a digital space; dating apps, webcam relationships, enable us to create new identities that abstract us from the complexity of our physical and gendered forms.
To a space that can often be hyper-gendered, and hyper-sexualised, but devoid of individuality or personality… People become non-people, within non-spaces… instead are the recognisable shapes and forms of pillows, or covers, wall hangings, chairs… enshrine the fragmented bodily forms and/or genitalia that the webcam captures, lit by the glow of the monitor.
Here, the figure is speaking about the reality of Cam-Sex interactions; a site of escapism, where they can abstract their self from their physical reality and become fantasy; removed from the complexity and confrontation they face when engaging in physical interactions with their gendered form.
For this version they performed live textural movement, on 05AUG20
The process for this composition began with a single piece of music, which acts as the conceptual frameworks from which the larger-scale work manifested, through sampling and resampling of the song as source material, as well as delving deeper into the personal-conceptual meaning and narrative.
This is a solo project. The sound design comprises of WebCam-chat Recordings, Modular Synthesis, Extended Vocal Techniques, and their cat Minnie.
(Listen out for her, she appears twice…!) Meow!!!
The visual MaxMsp WebCam manipulation was created using and manipulating patch called ‘Glitchface’, which was constructed by Chris Vik, and is available for free download, here: