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state of mind

28 Mar

"The Evasion Studies" from THE SURVIVAL PROJECT by Steven Brahms

We are living in a time of great innovation and technological progress, yet simultaneously there are large gaps in our innate and experiential understanding. We exist in a world where at the click of a button, food is delivered to our doorstep, yet many of us would not last a night in the wild. There is a lack of experience and interaction with the natural world in our contemporary culture. In response, I am compiling a body of work that reminds us of our forgotten knowledge—a survival guide, a mnemonic manual for experience.


In making these portraits, still-lifes and found scenes, I soon became aware that the work was much more than the physical objects found within the frame. The work depicts a state of mind, and in turn shows how imagination can be a tool we can use to recapture our forgotten, innate knowledge. The images ultimately become physical accounts of interior journeys, artifacts of time that trigger and transform our collective unconscious.
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i felt a strong connection to this project in relation to my moments of pause as well as the dependence of my state of mind in response to my virtual existence, and more specifically the interactions (response rate to match emails and winks, etc)

Cao Fei

27 Oct

This is an image from Cao Fei’s “COSplayer”, which stands for costume players. Cao Fei photographed different people role-playing as their favorite characters around China.

Cao Fei is an artist who has done a lot of work focussing on the mergence of digital and actual realms. As an artist, she acts as both the observer and the participant, which is especially evident in her work as China Tracy. China Tracy is her second life avatar who is a guide, philosopher, and tourist.

“Cao’s work reflects the fluidity of a world in which cultures have mixed and diverged in rapid evolution. Her video installations and new media works explore perception and reality in places as diverse as a Chinese factory and the virtual world of Second Life. ”

cao fei on art21