0rch1d in SUPERCHAMBERS

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0rch1d in SUPERCHAMBERS

There is a viscous fusion of truth and falsehood on the Internet; particularly concerning the way social media enables us to perform our identity. Authenticity is impossible when we have complete control over what is shared and what remains unseen. The performance of the self becomes dominant over the authentic self, a curated fiction blends into truth. This act of performance is rarely questioned, as we consume each otherโ€™s media on social networks and thus contribute to a collective obscurity of reality.

In order to explore the idea of the artificial self, this work is manifested as a 3D modeled digital avatar named Orchid who stems from my own, corporeal presence. This avatar is entirely artificial but mimics the strategies we use in media, specifically social media, to perform a version of ourselves for the viewing pleasure of others. As a way of taking ownership over my complicity in this cycle, I have taken this performance to a more extreme extent: I have formed a new identity through which to perform. In conceiving of digital space as queer space, Orchid and I exist as two separate entities. Orchidโ€™s persona is based on mine but is autonomous, even as it is under my authority in my role as the administrator, behind the screen. Under the handle @digitalqueer Orchid can communicate with the corporeal world from within their digital one.