I used the kinect and kinectron this week, for the first time. It was a lot of fun and made me very excited for future projects with these tools.
Since moving to New York City, i've become increasingly more hyper-sensitive and aware to racial disparities, inequalities, stereotypes and the power of representation. These themes have been seeping to a lot of my work and did so in this project, as well.
Not too long ago, I saw a photo capturing a room of solely white men meeting to discuss the future of maternity care under the new health bill. It was odd for many reasons. One, why do men have control over how women carry their bodies and who in that room has enough qualification to understand exactly what it's like to care for a woman's body? Then, why is it only white men? Why aren't these spaces more inclusive and representative of the actual diversity of America?
As a Black woman, I decided to virtually give myself a Seat At The Table and be a part of the conversation because my voice is missing, vital and incredibly important.
I used the Kinect to scan myself and used the Kinectron to import the image of myself onto the canvas.
I also want to explore the ideas of representation.
But, I was facing technical difficulties in figuring out how to overlay the images that I wanted.
I photoshopped this cut out of Black girls watching TV.
And, I wanted to place them in the middle of scenes that they'll most likely grow up watching, while it being harmful to their mental health and sense of identity.
I want more empathy to go in towards how what is on TV screens effects children. How constantly having girls with light skin and long straight hair as the standard for beauty, in cartoon characters, destroys the mental health of little Black and brown girls. How i'm sure just as I don't want my children to grow up feeling ugly, White parents would never want that for their children.
Representation also goes in to stock images. I collected Google searches that exemplify racial biases and stereotypes that are exclusive and damaging. I wanted to distort these pictures, using the tools we've learned thus far, to change how we view titles and who holds them.