The project ‘The Obscure Objects of Desire and the Rise of the Technological Chimera’ was first completed and presented in public at Axeneo7, an artist run center in Gatineau, Quebec in September, 2010.
The project, ‘The Obscure Objects of Desire and the Rise of the Technological Chimera’ looks at how media technologies are remediated. How such technologies manifesting as objects emit a presence which is not singularly transparent but is in a sense haunted. How such technologies have their own evolutionary transcended processes which when integrated with human presence configure a new species/reality which I call ‘technological chimeras.’
The project was initially conceived with its first Hybrid Sculptural Object, entitled ‘Untitled (aka Leonard’). Leonard was the first object with which I explored the possibilities of a mechanized and electronic object aspiring (desiring) towards a semblance of A-Life. This possibility was defined by the object’s own electronic presence and self referencing (consciousness) via its own internalized memory (a pre-recorded video loop). Each subsequent project’s Object continued to evolve until the sixth and final Object entitled ‘The Chimera’. With ‘The Chimera’, the Object has merged with the artist’s own presence and identity as part of a chimerical and evolutionary process towards the possibility of a new species - technological chimeras.
The term Chimera of course has had a long and rich history dating back to Greek mythology with the most famous definition defined by Homer in the Odyssey where he describes it as “a thing of immortal make, not human, lion-fronted and snake behind, a goat in the middle, and snorting out the breath of the terrible flame of bright fire.”
However, can such chimeras really exist? As Berard Andrieu points out that “the chimerical body raises the problem of identity. How can one be such a body, at the same time, a lion, a dragon and a goat?”
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