It is difficult to live in a body. When one body sees another body, the boundaries are immediately established. Those projections compress the body and the person. Shifting and flickering boundaries expand the body by proposing a sense of morphological freedom. My identity has always prospered in a hyphenated state. The metaphorical cyborg represents an extension of the diaspora, a bifurcated and recursive self that belongs any and everywhere. My work is an exercise in body modification by way of behavior or "change-of-state". Computational expression and technologically mediated transformations facilitate my process in a way that brings impossible scenarios to life through rule-based strategies. My behaviors are the result of systems that begin as thought experiments and end up in a synthesis of forms mediated by numbers. Computers and technology have always been an appropriate means to an emancipatory end. If my practice has one goal, it is to express (from crown to toenail) all that is censored during the performance of a daily life. I favor the stubbornness of this goal because it is a reminder of the extremes that can be supported by an art practice. In a studio that feels like it is situated on a tightrope in the center of a holographic sphere, I constantly remind myself that TheSongOnlyMattersWhenYourThroatBleeds.

A new origin story with each new moon.
Science fiction isn't fiction.
There is always a body (in multiplicity).
That n3w_b0dy is modular.
There is always a computer.
!Long live the cyborgs!
Numbers are the new blood.
Sound will summon us.
Noise will reorganize us.
Loops are magic
Emergence is Neue_God.
Movement is birth in perpetuity.
Dada, still.
Experimental, please.

L[3]^2 // m_eye_m // lee++
sy5zens - n3w_hum4ns - algorithmic b0di3s - electronic prostheses - amplifications - computations
behaviors - videos - drawings - writings - electronics - sounds - softwares

Assistant Professor; The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Art and Technology Studies

Assistant Director + Core Faculty; The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Low-Residency MFA program

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