Curated by Denise Chan, Asta McCann and Lauren Kozicki
Since the mid-twentieth century artists have employed elements of new media technology to parody, subvert, and disrupt representations of gender and identity in visual culture. As boundaries between the material and the virtual world have become obscured in the technological age, representations and experiences of gender and identity need to be reconsidered as they extend into digital spaces where they are recontextualized within the interfaces of online social technologies. In her iconic essay, Cyborg Manifesto, Donna Haraway examines the fusion of human and machine through the sex-less, post-gender figure of ‘the cyborg’ in order to challenge essentialist, static notions of gender and identity. According to Haraway, gender and sexuality do not solely belong to the physical body but can be ‘deterritorialized’ and reinvented in more fluid spaces of virtual reality that expand our experience of what it means to be human.
“I’d rather be a cyborg than a god/dess” is an online exhibition focusing on gender representations within digital spaces. The dynamic perspectives of artists, Adrienne Crossman, Xuan Ye, Keaton Evans and Tobias Williams, explore intersections between the body, gender, technology and visual culture. Utilizing elements of video, 3D animation, and computer code these artists appropriate various familiar internet tropes and aesthetics in order to reimagine the way we view and experience cyberspace. Through this exhibition we aim to create a platform for critical dialogue focused on the ways in which gender and identity are performed, normalized and/or destabilized within technologically-mediated territories.