The Yolk of Menial Light
The Yolk of Menial Light combines emotional, facial, and voice recognition technologies in an expansive reflection on neuroplasticity and trauma within surveillance capitalism. Eye Dialect, a teleprompter-like sculpture plays a script in washes of bright saturated colour. The script is a compilation of public apologies made by public figures like Tiger Woods and Reese Witherspoon and the CEOs of Goldman Sachs and British Petroleum, transcribed through dictation software. You Can _____Your Life (EMDR), uses sub-bass tones just at the level of perception (40-51 Hz), alternating from two subwoofer speakers across the room from one another, one submerged in an off-kilter stage.
What does it mean today to say that the face is threatened as a category? Perhaps it has become commonplace to bemoan the technologically vitiated abjection of the face, a biometrically secured maquette, newly phrenologized by techniques of long-distance surveillance and (gendered, racial) profiling. By this logic, the face may be defined as the trauma to which it is subjected; and for this reason we must emphasize a notion of faciality that emphasizes plasticity of expression rather than the fungibility of its momentary bearer.
- Cam Scott, "On Facing" exhibition response to the Yolk of Menial Light, Critical Distance. 2015