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Jordan Wolfson - Female Figure - The Artist's Studio - MOCAtv

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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

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