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STUDIO UPDATE: “from this side of space to the other side of the signal”


STILL FROM: “from this side of space to the other side of the signal” // 2017 // (Two-Channel Version) Video Installation

A look back…

Most of the way through my first year in this surprising residency experience I find myself taking stock of the very standing of what I am producing and its place in my larger cultural conversation. At the core of my current research conversation is an exploration of what I theorize as a new kind of queer technosexuality—an identity/experience in which the supremacy of physical body-to-body contact is


STILL FROM: “from this side of space to the other side of the signal” // 2017 // HD Video

questioned, and virtual sexualities, and hybrid techno-body sexuality exists along a continuum of experience devoid of traditional hierarchies.  This rises to the surface in my most recent finished project, “from this side of space to the other side of the signal,”that incorporates a virtual erotic situation which ignores the role of genitalia in favor of hand-based penetration via usb ports implanted in skins of 3D modeled characters. Bodies and environments both “real” and “virtual” contend with this unstable system, and are perpetually interrupted by seemingly meaningless signs and 


STILL FROM: “from this side of space to the other side of the signal” // 2017 // HD Video

symbols signs that queer the haptic perception of bodies, actions and icons. Likewise the rigidity of modernist frameworks for coding and identifying “form,” “action,” and“body” collapse in favor of a field of conceptual possibilities outside of binary perception.

Exhibition Documentation: from this side of space to the other side of the signal // April 8 – May 6, 2017 from Benjamin Rosenthal on Vimeo.

A look forward…

As I look toward the future of this body of work, I hope to further develop a more focused and complex conversation around queer technosexuality, and the possibilities for developing this work via new interdisciplinary or experimental forms of practice.

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3D Animation (work in progress) // 2017

More specifically, I am interested in utilizing “the object” (in its broadest sense) as membrane for queering what we understand as “the physical erotic encounter,” while other audiovisual phenomena in the work further complicates the relationship between body, subject, object and interaction. This might take shape, for example in more tactile installation scenarios or hybrid performance/interactive environments.

The struggle to understand the implications of our new technosexual landscape is as important as it is elusive. Sifting through the complex intersections of desire, labor, technology, access and the limits/fringes of the body I hope to establish new ground for considering how we perpetuate and negotiate our existence in our highly mechanized and imaginative world.

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