The Evolution of the Ideal Man Live Mutation, Artificial Selection & Digital Reproduction at its Finest
The Ideal Man evolves faster than we can by interactive genetic mutation, digital reproduction and harsh artificial selection. Rising from a pool of competing ideals, his incarnations reveal flaws in both manhood and the monsterous myth of perfection. I employed some so-called 'social networking technologies' in this project (beating Facebook by 2 years) but did so precisely to demonstrate why such superficial popularity contests and identity shenanigans were and remain socially undignified and a seriously bad idea.
The online interactive web based masterpiece was built while I was a resident at Interaccess, and primered at the Toronto Images Festival in 2002.
A large format backlit transparency composite of ideal men was exhibited at SPIN Gallery.