"Obsession/Love Forever aspires to come to terms with our contemporary vision of beauty by examining the crossover between the fashion industry’s construction of norms and contemporary myths created in cyber culture and computer gaming.
My project is a continuation of my ongoing series TOKI/Cyborg Project (2003-) which questions the role of new technologies in image making and representation.
My digital character TOKI parodies the idealisation of female form in Asian manga and anime, computer gaming and cyber culture. TOKI’s body has been cut into pieces - posing coyly to sit, move and beckon in the perfume bottle. The parts of the body become a product of beautification and commodity conflating power and seduction. The animated body parts parody the obsession with beauty created by phallic motivations in cyber culture and gaming, with the work referencing critical contributions from contemporary mythology, psychoanalysis, technology, cybernetics, aesthetics, plastic surgery, feminism, consumerism and eroticism.
Obsession/Love Forever is QuickTime DV PAL/NTSC format. The duration of each channel is approx 2 minutes" - Artist Statement
8 channel 3D animation installation with sound. Loops 1-3 mins
Director: Hye Rim Lee
3D animation: Angela Nightingale
Sound: Hye Rim Lee
Sound engineering: Jed Town
Project funded by the Screen Innovation Production Fund, a partnership between Creative New Zealand and the New Zealand Film Commission
Video supplied courtesy of the artist, Starkwhite Auckland and Kukje Gallery Seoul