This work is based on a high-resolution scan of bruised skin. The subject had recently emerged from a coma after fitting for hours alone in their room. What happened was a mystery and remains so, to some extent.
Whilst strange and grotesque, the distorted curled surface invites close examination. When viewed on a touch screen, the viewer rotates the form by stroking the screen, zooming into the detail with a parting motion. The visceral image combined with the 3D interactive touch display sets up an engagement between biological surfaces and the screen.
Soundscape by MYTJAXX
Alison Bennett works in ‘expanded photography’ where the boundaries of photography have shifted in the transition to digital media and become diffused into ubiquitous computing. Bennett’s recent projects explored the creative potentials of augmented reality, photogrammetry, 3D scanning, and virtual reality as encompassed by the medium and practice of photography. As a neuroqueer new-media artist, Bennett’s work has explored the performance and technology of gender identity and considered the convergence of biological and digital skin as virtual prosthesis. Her work has generated international viral media attention more than once; been featured on ABC TV Australian Story, the New York Times, Mashable, The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Motherboard, The Creators Project, KillScreen, ABC TV News, and The Guardian ‘best Australian photographs of 2015’.
Alison Bennett works as a lecturer in photography at RMIT School of Art.