Data Holds Your Truths. The Avatar Complex: I trust your gargoyle id more than I trust you. (2024)

Megan Annette Irusta Cornet

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The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, 2023 BA Photography Within this piece of writing, different styles of writing have been approached as a performance strategy, a guise we humans willingly and unwillingly commit to every day, online and offline. The overarching themes this text seeks to tackle are alienation and escapism; what I think are the prominent can of worms which ooze from the Internet. Double-edged swords; beautiful and horrifyingly ugly. Alienation to oneself as well as alienating others through the digital sphere. With serious regard to the importance of avatar customisation as a form of expression, yet also acknowledging the destruction within it, it is also the very thing which is actively dislocating us from the IRL (in-real-life). The core to understanding who you are online, how you present yourself online, compared to who you are behind the screen. The text’s leading objective is to hypothesise a world where humans are given the option (highly recommended) to extract our online data to make more of a truthful analysis of who we really are. The prevalence of how capitalistic structures only feed alienation more. If the future consists of post-human and/or transhuman existence, by transmitting our data to gargoyle avatars, creatures which will take the form of one’s avatar, gargoyles are said to protect what they serve. A new gargoyle is designed by your data alone. Data anthropomorphism, the Avatar Complex.
typeresearch exposition
keywordsdata, technology, alienation, Escapism, Internet, vr, human, advertisement
last modified07/02/2024
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affiliationRoyal Academy of Art, The Hague
copyrightMegan Irusta Cornet
licenseAll rights reserved
languageBritish English
published inRoyal Academy of Art, The Hague
portal issue1. Publications 2023

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