UC San Diego
- Author(s): Mehrmand, Elizabeth
- Advisor(s): Dominguez, Ricardo
- et al.
fauxlographic is a performative installation that takes place within an ethno-dysphoric cloning lab, where diasporic anxiety is analyzed through the process of fauxlographic cloning. The clones enact sonic rituals, singing in Farsi, English and Perz-ish [a faux diasporic language], based on multiple sources of information including embodied memories, wikileaks cables, and textual/ visual/ aural references concerning Iran and the Persia. The ethno-dysphoric scientist analyzes her dislocated subjectivity by performing a daily neurotic ritual within a glass computing chamber while wearing an EEG neuro-headset. As she neurojaculates with the clones in order to (pars)e their data streams, the diasporic computing sounds of the eeg oscillate in pitch based on her neural activity. When high levels of CO2 are detected by the lab's sensors, the clones become aware of those gazing upon them, resulting in an anxious act of erasure and multiplication of their pixellated flesh, reciprocating the affective presence of the other bodies. The use of organic sensors transforms the lab into a cyborgian spatial interface, allowing for unconscious collaboration between multiple bodies in space, confusing the somatic architecture of the performance.