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project mecha:heart₍₂₀₂₀₎

16 .GIFS

Taking the form of 16 .GIF files, PROJECT MECHA:HEART layers science-fiction writing & 3D animation into a series digital collages. Playing like a post-internet graphic novel, the series provides a glimpse into a potential future & asks what crises society might face as a result of further virtualisation.

Presented from the perspective of ADA-2k, a biomechanical android who awakens one day with no memory of her origin, PROJECT MECHA:HEART combines Y2K, internet, & video game aesthetics with infographic style compositions. Drawing on hauntological themes, the work considers the idea that the agendas of tech corporations have stolen our future & rewritten our past.

The project was a collaborative process between myself & Georgina Tyson, an artist & writer who has described her practice as self indulgent data-mining. Through a series of back & forth sessions reflection on our own experiences with technology, Georgina created the central text running throughout the work, which in turn informed the visuals.

In this sense, ADA-2k serves to contrast to the sea of doppelganger avatars seen on social media, which often only aim to replicate an individual persons physical appearence. ADA-2k is a shared vessel, into which we can implant fact & fiction informed by both our experiences as workingclass women, our childhoods growing up on Web 2.0, & our contemporary relationships with technology.

This process acts like a poetic scrambler, a retaliation against surveillance capitalism’s commodification of individuals through the harvesting of their data.

PROJECT MECHA:HEART was commisioned as part of State of Emergency, a series of micro commisions from The Box, Plymouth.

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