The Flying Dutchmen is a body of work comprising a film and four A3 soft pastel drawings.
After being drawn to the archived Heavy Current X-Ray Tube, I began exploring ideas of mortality and how this affects our perception of what it means to be human. I chose to explore this in relation to the dichotomy of being life-giving and life-taking, as the x-ray tube is, but through visual and audio representation of the ocean.
Myra Seaman stated that ‘Theoretical posthumanism transforms the humanist subject into many subjects, in part by releasing the body from the constraints placed on it not only by nature but also by humanist ideology, and allowing it to roam free and ‘join’ with other beings, animate and inanimate.’. Through focusing on this definition of posthumanism, I aimed to highlight in my body of work how posthumanist concepts of ‘joining with objects’ emulate pre-modernist tales of metamorphosis, reincarnation and transformation of the human form. I therefore built the foundation of my work by researching folklore tales relating to the ocean as well as ways of storytelling.
This research led me to write my own narrative and experiment with ways of visually telling that story.
Experience:Being HUMAN 2020/21
Archive:Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow