Micha Cardenas and Elle Mehrmand : Mixed Relations (5)

The wires hanging from our bodies conjure at once torture, medicine and DIY open technologies. The blinking lights both hint at the mechanical repetition and the scopic pleasure in seeing, the enjoyment of brightly colored pixels petting our retinas and shimmering across our skin. Biometric technology can be seen as a post-contemporary pharmakon, seeming to decentralize knowledge of the body, but quantifying and shaping the form of that knowledge, presupposing its usages and facilitating surveillance. We acknowledge the problematics of the economies which bring us these devices while embracing our potential to open our bodies up to new hybrid experiences of flesh and electricity.