The Uncanny Valley: Performance Art and Video Production
Performance Art, Video Art, Uncanny Valley, Posthumman, Transhuman, Social Justice
This proposal follows up on my 2010 New Directions Initiative (NDI) grant in which I investigated the theme of the uncanny valley through performance and video art production. The "uncanny valley" is a cultural phenomenon that addresses ideas of the subhuman (less than human), posthuman and transhuman (that which exceeds the known capabilities of humans via technological enhancements). These theories typically point toward a future that can challenge our common understanding of justice and morality whether through expensive cosmetic surgery, performance enhancing drugs or extending life beyond the point where longevity supersedes quality of life.
Artists have been working with themes of privilege and power imbalance for some time