about intimacy…

"About Intimacy" is an expanded research that looks into the implication of technology on our perception of feelings, trying to detect the constantly morphing definition of intimacy in a time where feelings are commodified heavily through technological means, gadgets, devices, and mobile apps.

The research and its different attempts do not just look into the perceptual shift of the meaning of intimacy between individuals/users but also attempt to decode the institutional presence shadowing the intimate processes carried out by these individuals/users in the cloud through its servers and data hubs.

The research focuses on the hegemonic presence of the colossal corporates controlling the internet. The impact of this virtual space over the physical one. The hyper-segmentation and monetization of reality, where desires and intimate gestures are intercepted and hijacked by third-party cookies. Transforming everything it can reach into an asset to be stored, categorized, analyzed, and marketed.

Besides its socio-political aspect, the research looks into the psychological dimension of this rigorous transformation we are experiencing. And attempt to investigate how we initiate human-to-human communication channels? How do we define our relationships? And where do we seek comfort and shelter from the extremely fast pressuring rhythm surrounding us?

Also, how do we consume and get consumed by the system? And how do we attempt to deflect some of the damage we receive from others onto others?
Even how the definition or the meaning of certain words get altered and transformed, like the word friend, tapping, ghosting, etc.

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For a brief moment, I could breathe…

multimedia sculpture (2020)

single-channel video/4-channel surround sound, 55” vertical LED screen, 4 medium-sized speakers, XLR cables & electricity cords.9:05 min./loop, dimension variable.

A dwelling between the withdrawal of the body and the leaking of its ephemeral presence.
This work meditates on the increasing state of opposition/contradiction in our daily life through technology, where the constant reproduction of ourselves is a symptom of our contemporary moods of consumption, that render realities into an infinite simulation of representations.
The work attempts to question the notion of intimacy in conjunction with hyper-moods of online persona making and time/memory disruption.

pretending on the verge of blue!

sound performance (2020 - ongoing)

A call for slowing down that denotes a response to the accelerating instability and uncertainty we have been increasingly facing. And an attempt to meditate on the implications of experiencing the world through technology and the manufacturing of new forms of pressure, fear, and draining feelings.

Hint, hint! Can you hear me now?

internet-based project (in-progress)

On the commodification of feelings as a signature product of cyberspace nowadays. How does the machine speak to us as the mediator or the promoter of feelings? And what kind of vocabulary is being used in this process of commodification?

tabbing windows

spoken words/eerie poems EP (in-progress)

"tabbing windows" is a spoken words/eerie poems EP on intimacy in the digital sphere.The work reflects on the commodification of feelings and the contradictory semiotics of the hyperreality we are navigating while shifting between melancholy, impersonation, and online persona making.

Attempts