The Burden of Selfhood

Stefani Byrd, Amy Rae Fox, Fernanda Navarro, Heidi Kayser, and Sarah Ciston

Video Installation, Data Visualization, and Projection Mapping Performance

IDEAS Festival Performance at Calit2 Vroom Auditorium

March 23, 2017

The Burden of Selfhood is the next event in the IDEAS performance series in the Qualcomm Institute. The interdisciplinary work by UC San Diego graduate students and alumni explores feminism, identity and technology.

Technology has accelerated the recursive gaze to the point that we continually perform and project back onto each other our internalized expectations for unattainable perfection. By combining research from cognitive science, music, poetry, video and performance art, this work investigates the experience of viewing and being viewed as a gendered body. This poly-vocal performance will use large-scale data visualizations and live performers to make explicit both the collective gaze and the implicit impact of being seen. Through projection mapping and large scale video, the face becomes a malleable surface bearing traces of all the data it absorbs.