Textile narrations for the hyperpresent
Winning project of the 11th LABjoven-Los Bragales Award
Skeens looks at the assemblages of physical bodies and multiple digital extensions that conform most contemporary identities. Given their complexity and partial invisibility, and against the strategies of disinformation, commoditization and alienation promoted by accelerated mass-media corporations, Skeens suggests alternative relationships based on memory, finitude and affection. It attends to the subjective and emotional value of digital identities, while looking for formulas that could allow users to inhabit social media in more critical and compromised ways.
In an attempt to come up with answers to the emerging questions, I undertook a process of dissection and re-appropriation of my own digital identity by means of the materialization of a small portion of my digital footprint: the last ten years of activity from my Facebook profile. With this purpose in mind, I made use of materials, skills and symbols from the textile tradition (naturally linked to the expression of identity, but also deeply entangled with the origins of computation), to create a series of works that embody different parts of the dataset archived by the most widely spread social network under my own user name.
Skeens at Galería Cervantes Belgrade. Art+Science Belgrade 2021, Centre for the Promotion of Science, Serbia. Photos: Ivan Zupanc
Skeens at Museum of Science and Technology, Belgrade. Art+Science Belgrade 2021, Centre for the Promotion of Science, Serbia. Photos: Ivan Zupanc
Skeens at Sala de Arte Joven, Madrid, 2020. Photos: Ana Revuelta & Alfredo Barroso
Skeens at Valey Centro Cultural, Castrillón, 2019. Photos: Singular Visuals
Skeens at Laboral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón, 2019. Photos: Marcos Morilla & Markus Schroll
Full interview “Skeens” – LABjoven_Los Bragales Award 2019. Laboral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón.
Winning project of the 11th production grant LABjoven_Los Bragales. Produced at LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial (Gijón, 2019)
- Developers: Raquel Álvarez & Emilio Cuesta
- 3D artist: Pedro Arnanz Coll
© Elisa Cuesta, 2019
2021 – Art+Science Belgrade 2021. Centre for the Promotion of Science + Instituto Cervantes, Belgrade (RS)
2020 – Sala de Arte Joven de la Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid (ES)
2020 – Valey Centro Cultural, Castrillón (ES)
2019 – Laboral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón (ES)
The practice of Art and AI, Ars Electronica 2021