This video is about more than graven images or emotive self-injury, it is a dialogue with another Cultural Farming video:  I’d Rather Be a Goddess.

What happens to our bodies in a world filled with virtual image perfection?  Here, I try to visualize this question by appropriating some of the growing genre of “belly punching” on the internet and confounding it with typical, experimental 3D animation modeling... and then mix this all to the music of Khia.

But to visualize what... exactly?  It is that human image manipulation has consequences -- so many consequences no one video can begin to approach the entire subject.  So in this video, I am simply wondering aloud if, indeed, people are finding solace, joy, release in self-inflicted pain today.  In a world filled with extreme desire, ultra competitive, virtual-human representation, do we hurt ourselves in order to reconnect to true bodily sensation?  Are our bodies reacting to the unattainable realities of image manipulation, or is self-injury and attention-seeking two sides of the same male-media-image coin?   Why do we like to hurt ourselves?

Word Made Flesh   2008  (3:45)

“And so the Word became flesh and took a place among us for a time; and we saw his glory--such glory as is given to an only son by his father--saw it to be true and full of grace.”

Most all emerging technologies are popularized through pornographic usage.

Why should 3D modeling be used any differently?   But, can digital imagery hurt us?


Bible in Basic English   John 1:14