SKEENS

LABjoven_Los Bragales Award 2019

“Skeens” exhibition at Laboral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial. Gijón, Asturias. 

Everything we do in the Internet is recorded in the form of data about us, which, with the passing of time, gives rise to what it known as our digital footprint. Nowadays we spend a huge part of our time online and do it is only to be expected that this footprint gets bigger and bigger and this, of course,  will have direct consequences on us. 

That being said, there is an unstable balance between users’ privacy and the interests of the major suppliers of digital services. E-commerce sites, social media, streaming platforms and a host of apps turn our intimacy into a consumer object in exchange for free services and commodities available with a simple click. 

Despite directly responding to our actions, we find it very difficult to recognize in this multiplicity of profiles, codes and devices, any meaningful sign of our identity. How can we tale into consideration something that is to hard to see?

In an attempt to come up with answers to emerging questions, Elisa undertakes a process of re-appropriation of her own digital identity by means of the materialization a small portion of her digital footprint: the last ten year of her activity on Facebook. With this purpose in mind, she makes use of materials, tools and symbols from the textile tradition, naturally linked to the expression of individual identities. 

Skeens explores digital footprints from the perspective of memory, finitude and affect. It wishes to understand the subjective and emotional value of digital identities as as way of confronting the strategies of disinformation, commoditization and alienation promoted by the digital state; and also to look for formulas that will allow us to inhabit it in a critical, aware and informed way. 

What’s the taste of my likes? What’s the length of my conversations? And the texture of my photos? How much does my digital identity weigh? Can I, or should I, identify with it?

SKEENS consists of four parts:

1. The digital footprint: an indexed identity
2. Data-Selfie: the system classification
3. Interaction: unraveling the social network
4. Selfedition: (re)embodied identity

“Skeens” – LABjoven_Los Bragales Award 2019. Laboral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón.

Full interview “Skeens” – LABjoven_Los Bragales Award 2019. Laboral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón.

SKEENS

Winning project of the 11th production grant LABjoven_Los Bragales. Produced at LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial (Gijón, 2019)

© Elisa Cuesta, 2019

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