Residents: Raluca Moldoveanu and Alice Prum (Amiss Collective)

Raluca Moldoveanu, “The Cybergaze: On the digitisation of corporeality, space and feminist practices” (2021)
Alice Prum, “an archive of movement” (2021)

Project concept: (“honey, i’m home”);

As outlined by Lefebvre, inhabitation practices are greatly influenced by corporealities, while in turn space acts as an externalisation of selfhood, resulting in bodily representations to have deep implications in the production and use of space. The proposed project to be developed as part of the Agora Digital Art Residency takes on the theme of the body in relation to the spatial practice of architecture.

Historically, the naked female body characterised ‘the male gaze’, forming the object of the view rather than the subject. Such dichotomy was further accentuated by methods of representation in regards to spatial production employed by the field of architecture, where traditional strategies for the portrayal of bodies mainly revolved around heterocentric, eurocentric and able depictions. Thus, in order to restructure representation to portray an inclusive array of corporealities and further to rethink the design of environments, one has to challenge the implications of pre-established rules for the construction of space.

Further, with the advent of CAD software in the 1960s, physical space became primarily designed through digital tools. Along with the availability of digital space, the translation of the physicality of the body to digital corporeality followed. With an overall aim to restructure both representation and interaction with digital space, Amiss outlines the first steps to achieve such a purpose through exploring a space that highlights the day to day inconsistencies of gender roles embedded within the domestic space.

The proposed digital environment reflects on the domestic space. As an arena of exteriorisation of the self, dominated by the sphere of the private and intimate, it stands as a base for uncovering the politically charged narrative of the project. Through navigating the space of the online platform Mozilla Hubs, the user would be given the opportunity to discover and reflect on signifiers of the domestic space. The ‘gaze’ will be used as a navigation tool of this digital environment, referencing the subjective nature of experiences, as well as reflecting on current gender issues and popular media culture.

As the domestic landscape engages with objects in relation to social constructs, the Amiss proposal captures meanings within objects of the banal: mirrors and concepts of identity and vanity; laptops and notions of digital connectivity; cleaning supplies as a reflection on gender roles; makeup items suggesting the struggle surrounding beauty standards; magazines and idea of connection with media and culture; beds and definitions of sexuality. The use of some of the stated above objects supports the intrinsic nature of biases which has become embedded seamlessly into our daily routines. Each of such objects would be used as a trigger for a curated collage video reflecting on media and iconic popular culture moments, suggesting that such items not only further embody critical social significance but also bring forward the intersection of digital and physical space.

Stripping back the domestic space in an attempt to expose the biases encoded in the banal, the use of the glitch becomes a window to see beneath the surface of traditional architectural discourse. The use of the platform Amiss proposes therefore contributes to shaping a narrative weaving through different definitions of selfhood in relation to inhabition practices.

Curator’s Words

Isabella Helms | Ed. Peter Traynor | xx 2021

Intro

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VR Exhibition in Hubs Mozilla

Artist Resident: artist

Digital Curator: curator

    Visit (“honey, i’m home”);

    Agora Talk

    Conversation between artist, xx, and Digital Curator, xx (recorded on x x 2022)

    About the artist

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    Amiss Collective is an artist duo founded in 2021 composed of Raluca Moldoveanu and Alice Prum. The pair met while completing their Masters in Architecture at the Royal College of Art as part of ADS8: Data Matter, with Ippolito Pestellini, Kamil Hilmi Dalkir and Rhiarna Dhaliwal.

    Raluca’s practice regards design as a catalyst for social cohesion, which can serve as a drive for new communal infrastructures. Her work is centred on visual arts and narrative, with an interest in film, exhibition design, interactive installations and digital technologies, addressing a concern for digitisation of physical processes.

    Alice's practice as a designer aims to unveil the invisible relationships between space, the body and technology. While at the Royal College of Art, she developed a sensibility for the corporeal experience of space, investigating the relationship between everyday movements and our environment. Her research is translated through a poetic narrative and visual imagery.

    Artist's statement

    Amiss Collective is a multidisciplinary studio that focuses on the study of the relationships between human bodies and technological processes. Through a rejection of cartesian thinking, Amiss’ work advocates for a spatial practice that accommodates non-normative bodies. Usually developed for precision, symmetry and perfection, Amiss uses digitisation processes to foster the glitch, as a possibility to redefine the corporeal representation, as well as such representations consequent spatial experience.

    Synonym for ‘nonconformity,’ the name of the studio encompasses the ambition of our work — to hijack tools of digital world building and use them to strengthen an impartial representation and design of space. Thus, the workplaces all human bodies, especially the ones which may have been disregarded as of gender, class and ethnicity, in the centre of their research.

    Digital environments reflect and amplify issues of the physical world, as biases instated in the physical are perpetuated in the digital. The collective sees technological malfunctions as an opportunity to represent bodies that may have been marginalised.

    Working with both tools of the digital and physical world making, Amiss nurtures the moments at the intersection between the two realms. Tools of world-building are not used as intended by their makers in the collective’s work, in order to challenge the standards and norms for which such apparatuses have been designed for. Through visual imagery, narratives and direct interaction, the research takes the form of interactive installations, digital environments and thought-provoking short films, which encourage the audience to question their surroundings.

    Thus, Amiss Collective aims to promote an inclusive spatial design practice, reflecting on the non-conformity of the human body and the impact of its digital existence.

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