Data Bodies is a digital video piece that combines algorithmic image sourcing and face mapping to explore ideas of public and private cyberspace.
In an homage to a 1999 William E. Jones film I worked with a pornographer to set up a conventional porn screen test. Afterwards, I used stills of my own face from the screen test to run a reverse image search. The faces that populated the algorithmically determined results page were (unsurprisingly) mostly mugshots. In a willful blunder, I use face-mapping software to attempt to conceal my identity in the screen test. Using a morphing, shapeshifting composite of all of mugshot images, I ultimately transform my digital proxy into a fictional, hybrid porn criminal.