Jake Moore (b. 1992, High Wycombe, UK) works and resides in London. Currently, he is studying with the School of the Damned, a nomadic and alternative arts educational platform. He is also an Associate Member of BACKLIT in Nottingham.
Computer animation, video and sound are employed to consider the inadequacy of the human form in the face of our increasingly ubiquitous technological climate. Arising from the relationship he holds with his own ailing living body, previous practice envisions a newly synthesised digital body; a labour toward a machine-like perfection in form, surface and movement. As the natural rhythm of the body becomes lost within a mechanical haze, he explores the point in which this progression becomes polluted, distorting the body into something ‘Other’.
Recent practice demonstrates a shift from the highly choreographed 'living body' inhabiting a digital space to the 'synthesised body' roaming through 3D rendered environments. Using computer animation permits him to construct controlled sites that act as safe places to explore his bodily fantasies. In this constructed space he holds absolute control over the body, from its wireframe mesh up to the way it is lit and framed by the camera. Methodically, this becomes a reconstruction of the personally experienced traumas of the body within controlled simulations that the audience are invited to be guided through.
Within recent research, digital world-building becomes a tool to construct speculative utopias — sites that transcend all restriction in which ideas of identity can be completely reframed. The body becomes a focus in a quest for non-corporeal identity, as the recurring character of ‘The Player’ journeys onward toward a queer haven. An alternative to the heteronormativity of the lived world, these assembled sanctuaries hold immovable optimism through an offering of self-discovery and acceptance.
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