Decimate Mesh

 

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This series of altered videos and photogrammetric sculptures implicates post-internet spectatorship as a catalyst for mediated and gaslit iconoclasm. An ISIS propaganda video quickly disseminated by Twitter bots and global news outlets shows the hand and hammer destruction of Assyrian and Hatrene sculptures at the Mosul Museum in northern Iraq. The video presents ideological contradiction; professing iconoclasm while generating new images of a previously quiet collection of objects. The presumed and actualized audience for this spectacle simultaneously becomes aware of and ensnared in the sculptures’ demise. 

I alter and re-present several shots from the video. In earlier works from the series, I digitally painted out the perpetrators of the destruction, leaving looped moments of reclaimed agency for the sculptures who now appear to be tearing tarps off themselves to reveal their faces. Later in the series I transitioned to removing the sculptures from the scenes of their destruction; highlighting the dramatic movements of the human actors while dismissing the decimated sculptures from the stunt. The 3d-printed sculptures are built using only the pixels supplied by the video through a photogrammetry process. The accuracy of each print is therefore dependent on its allotted screen time and the stability of the footage.

 

2000 year old sculpture alerts world to its demise. Altered Video.  2015. 2-second loop. Dimensions variable

statue of Venus begins its disrobe. Altered Video. 2015. 5-second loop. Dimensions variable.

Non-Manifold. 2016. 4-Channel video installation. Size variable.

Installation View. Non-Manifold. 2016. 4-Channel video installation. Size variable.