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RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE

ALEXA PHILLIPS: CYBORG CLONES
April 29 – August 13, 2017
Opening April 28, 7–11 pm
Student Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre

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Cyborg Clones examines the ubiquity of screen-based technology and the changing relationship between the body and physical space. This installation explores the cybernetic qualities of the twenty-first century, using 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies to create a series of portraits. The automated output was then duplicated in resin through the use of handmade silicone moulds. In their imperfections and unique pigmentation, the resulting clones subvert the uniformity of machine-made commodities and comment on the illusion of choice in consumer culture. The cloning of the figures emphasizes the homogenization of body language connected to this technology. Each series examines different aspects of life that have been affected by screen-based technology—simulating individuals in workplace environments, playing first-person shooter videos, texting, or selfie-taking. The installation’s labyrinthine arrangement reinstates the viewer’s bodily awareness, which is so often lost in the virtual space of computing devices.

- Alexa Phillips

 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 6 – 8 pm
Join us to celebrate our fall exhibitions, including Weegee: Murder Is My Business, Jorge Lozano: MOVING STILL_still life and William Davis and Michael Markieta: Geographies of Urban Form.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 6 – 8 pm
Join us to celebrate our fall exhibitions, including Weegee: Murder Is My Business, Jorge Lozano: MOVING STILL_still life and William Davis and Michael Markieta: Geographies of Urban Form.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 6 – 8 pm
Join us to celebrate our fall exhibitions, including Weegee: Murder Is My Business, Jorge Lozano: MOVING STILL_still life and William Davis and Michael Markieta: Geographies of Urban Form.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 6 – 8 pm
Join us to celebrate our fall exhibitions, including Weegee: Murder Is My Business, Jorge Lozano: MOVING STILL_still life and William Davis and Michael Markieta: Geographies of Urban Form.
ALEXA PHILLIPS: CYBORG CLONES

Image caption: Alexa Phillips, Selfie-Takers, 2015, resin, colorant, wood, acrylic. Courtesy of the artist

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