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The Prototype for the Soul

Friday, July 10, 2020
McIntosh Gallery (MG)
McIntosh Gallery (Western University), 11151 Richmond St
London, ON

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Prototype for the Soul
Yas Nik Khoshgrudi
July 10 – 24, 2020

Prototype for the Soul traces the relationship between traditional literary narrative texts and digital media. The concept of virtual reality as an interactive digital narrative alters conventional understanding of interactivity in reading. According to the artist, “reading integrates the reader's interaction as a vital part of the sign-production process by which we would be able to define them as a concept, and in the same sense as a piece of literature".

Khoshgrudi asserts that the scripts for the roles that we play are found within fantasies of the unconscious mind. According to Brian Massumi, “the dimension of proprioception lies midway between stimulus and response, in a region where unfolded tactile encounter meets externalizing response to the qualities gathered by all five senses. It performs a synthesis of those intersecting pathways in the medium of the flesh, thus opening to its own quasi corporeality”. The works in this exhibition alternate between physical objects and code, exploring the processes of translation and the manifestations of fantasy inherent in digital media interpretation.

The artist explores the relationship between digital and physically lived experiences as inseparable, examining the ways in which one affects the other in a parallel fashion. Her work focuses on self-awareness through digital experiences. She imagines a state in which lived experience comes from both a virtual space and real life. The primary concept is that the core of our psychic life takes place in a “virtual reality”, where each of us is a subject of imagination.

Yas Nik Khoshgrudi is a multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto. She completed her BFA (painting) at Tehran University of Art and is currently an MFA candidate in the Department of Visual Arts, Western University.

Image: Yas Nik Khoshgrudi, For the Damaged Coda 2019, installation. Courtesy of the artist.

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