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Published on Jun 16, 2014
In the fall of 2013, artist Jordan Wolfson moved to Los Angeles to work with a special effects studio on "(Female figure)," an animatronic sculpture that takes the form of an attractive woman, dancing provocatively in the uncanny valley.
Dressed in a negligee and bearing scuffs and dirt marks, what Wolfson calls "the dancer" shimmies and gyrates to a pop music soundtrack. Through advanced facial recognition technology, she locks eyes on the viewers behind her, watching them through a mirror to which she is permanently fixed. Her physical presence is in dialogue with the voice of Wolfson, which emanates from her lips between songs, disclosing the secrets of a male identity.
According to the New York-based artist, the sculpture is less about the contemporary woman than the contemporary experience of being looked at—and the violence of that objectification.
M Blash -- Director, Editor Sebastian Wintero -- Cinematography Jessica Brunetto -- Editor Matthew J.X. Doyle -- Location Sound
Special thanks to Mark Setrakian Spectral Motion Aaron Hartnett M Blash Jordan Wolfson David Zwirner Gallery Sue Yeon Ahn