For my final craft, I chose to make a humanoid figure out of old electronics. In this way, the electronics are transformed and given new purpose as they have now been used to make something else. I wanted to create a humanoid figure out of technology to symbolize the ways which we are constructed by technology, and how ultimately the archive of what we leave behind of our lives is based in technological ways of capturing meaning.
The humanoid figure is female oriented as signified by the long hair and jewelry, which brings into question how the image of femininity is constructed, as men can have long hair and wear jewelry as well. I see my statue as female bodied because I see myself in what I construct; however, as this will ultimately end up belonging to someone else, I hope they will interpret the gender as they want.
The head of the figure is a film camera with its back taken off and the film taken out. The back of the camera is used as the figure’s base and the film is used as hair. The body is a mini scanner adorned with a necklace of a broken cable tied around its neck. It is interesting that the cable in question, which I used because it was broken, is the female receiver, the headphone input for the phallic headphone plug. In addition, when the body is thought about as a scanner, it reminds us that our bodies are a way to make the analog digital, to transform the representation of data.
The lense of the camera is covered by a big googly eye, both to make it more humanoid, but also to symbolize how we often see the world through cameras, and how the person behind the camera determines the viewpoint of the media they produce and disseminate.
I found the camera at a thrift store because I thought it would be cool to try out film. However, I never got around to it and figured this would be a better use of it, as it seemed broken anyways. It is interesting that the fact that I purchased this at a thrift store instead of looking for it in a first-hand store and paying full price, a feminist anti-capitalist consumerism stance. However, I never really needed it in the first place, so the fact that I bought it is still an embodiment of consumerism, an ironic contradiction. I am glad I was instead able to transform it into a feminist project that explores analog means of creating while using digital devices as materials instead of the means by which to create. This project also explores the idea that technology’s purpose is determined by the user, not the creator.