Fleshy plains and plateaus stretching out beneath a soft pink sky. Bent legs, lax fists, faces and hair sprawled, spanning meters, a breast pointed high towards the heavens; all of this yours to explore. This is Magic Mountain.
Magic Mountain is a new virtual reality environment created for MOD. An extension on my previous virtual reality environment, All You Have To Do Is Ask (2018), Magic Mountain is likewise comprised of digital scans of my own body, scaled to enormous sizes. Using a virtual reality headset, visitors to this digital world are able to explore a vast expanse of flesh, traversing my body at will. Trailed by small companions, also modelled off my own form, the viewer is given absolute freedom to explore this corporeal terrain, while the reminder that their agency is constrained by my own is always on the periphery.
Much of the digital sphere is tied up in pleasure. In the age of unprecedented digital interconnectedness, image distribution and simulation, we are ethically obligated to contemplate how the digital artefacts we consume impact or reflect real world individuals and experiences. These ethical considerations are tenfold for female identifying persons, who often bear the brunt of contemporary voyeurism and whose digital facsimiles are often centre-stage.
Pleasure in the digital sphere is political; this work invites viewers to consider their own ethical paradigm in the face of our contemporary drive to seek or manufacture pleasure by allowing their voyeuristic tendencies to come out to play.