temporary self portrait in preparation for the singularity

A virtual mnemonic device containing narratives of the artist’s life, both remembered and imagined. Each of the cubic nodes within the device can forge new connections with its neighbours creating a navigable network of narratives to which the viewer is given access through text and image. A work commissioned by the National Portrait Galley, Canberra.

The work questions the site of the self and its relationship to the narratives of memory. By creating a non-linear database of remembered images and words that can be traversed within real time and connected to other ‘memories’ – not by the artist himself, but by an artificial and virtual system – the viewer is asked to wonder if the site of the self can be shifted to a place completely removed from its traditional abode somewhere within (or as a part of) the body.

see also:

* Pod Cast inteview about this work between myself and curator doppelgänger Gill Raymond:
http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=350297220

*NPG site and notes about the work and the exhibition as a whole:
http://www.portrait.gov.au/exhibit/doppelganger/3_artwork.php

* The Metaverse Journal’s article on doppelgänger:
http://www.metaversejournal.com/2010/01/21/national-portrait-gallery-in-second-life/

*A photo set by ‘mabmacmoragh’ on Flickr :
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mabmacmoragh/sets/72157622828395032/