Bart Hess and POST matter
Bart Hess and POST matter – Digital Artifacts interview 2013
by Bart Hess
“During the 2013 Architecture Triennale in Lisbon Bart Hess presented Digital Artifacts, looking at a future of cyborg couture, where glitches play across our skin and transform our bodies.
‘our bodies are endlessly photographed, monitored and laser scanned with millimetre precision. from this context of surveillance, facial recognition, avatars and virtual ghosts, we imagine a near future where digital static, distortions and glitches become a new form of ornament. for the youth tribes of future perfect the body is a site for adaption, augmentation and experimentation. they celebrate the corruption of the body data by moulding within their costumery all the imperfections of a decaying scan file.
Shimmering in the exhibition landscape is a network of geometric reflective pools of molten wax. their mirrored surface is broken by a body, suspended from a robotic harness, plunging into the liquid. a crust of wax crystallises around its curves and folds, growing architectural forms, layer by layer, like a 3D printer drawing directly onto the skin. slowly the body emerges, encased in a dripping wet readymade prosthetic. it is a physical glitch, a manifestation of corrupt data in motion, a digital artefact. they hang from hooks like a collection of strange beasts and frozen avatars. body prints, imperfect and distorted and always utterly unique.’”