① Text Back ② Threat Model ③ Mythiccbeing

Martine Syms has described her art practice as ‘thinking in public.’ While maintaining an ambivalence about her art as a strictly identity based project, Syms makes video, web based work, sound pieces, and sculptural installations that address blackness as a discourse and how “blackness is a set of common experiences that inform an aesthetic.” Although Syms shares commonalities with her digital native generation, her research driven practice has reached as far back as a 17th-century manual on gesture and to silent cinema’s stereotypical images of black women. Mythiccbeing involves the creation of a “threat model”: part portrait, part shadowy side of herself. Teenie (a diminutive of Martine) is an AI created from 3D scans of the artist’s face and body designed to interface with the public. Threat modeling is a term used in information technology to describe a protective methodology for anticipating risks and vulnerabilities. Syms is using her AI double to serve as a buffer and mediator of how a viewer can have access to her while at the same time reflecting on the ongoing scrutiny and policing of bodies of color.

Miscellaneous: The 12th Gwangju Biennale Exhibition (2018)
Shot on Sep 7, 2018