Presentation | the Path to Immortality: from Dissociation to Association

This is the presentation of the project Artefact

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It started with a film of brain scanning at V&A Museum, used to create a digital model of neural work. 

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when I study the whole brain emulation, the word “Immortality Technology” came to my eyes.By transfer your brain into digital existence, you may live forever.

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There are many arguments on body and mind and merge with machines, but scientist insist on body no longer matters, digital human consciousness can be moved between bodies.

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Which means you could be anywhere.

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While researching the immortality technology, I kept asking myself “Do you want to be immortal? How ?” “What would happen if I upload my mind? “ “What’s the relationship between body, brain, and mind ?”

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I always feel that my body is taken control by several me, if my mind could be uploaded, these several me may fight with each other. So I started to ask myself “How many Mowen do I have ?”

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Well, one year ago when I celebrated my birthday, I saw 5 Mowen sitting there eating a cake together, the table was too small for all of us.

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Now, I counted them seriously again, and I found 9 Mowen! One by one, I use the monoprint to create their images.

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I drew all the process of what’s going on in my mind, then stuck them on the wall, which I called it My Brain Activity.

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After the brain activity, I studied the anatomy and functions of the brain again, to figure out the relationship between body,  brain, and mind.

Then I created My Body Activity, by lying down on paper, draw my body outline while positioning different Mowens. 

I cut these body outlines and stuck them on the wall by my brain activity.

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I painted my different personalities and emotions on these bodies.

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After the brain and body activities, I look at the 9 Mowens, they are still dissociated,  but if all of them will be uploaded to a new body, what will that be? mowen-li-007.jpeg

I want to design a costume to present the process from dissociation to association. Since I didn’t know how to make a garment, I transformed the 9 Mowens into different pieces then sewed them into a mini Mowen.

Then by looking at collections from Viktor& Rold, Edda Gimnes, Issey Miyake and Irving Penn, I got inspirations on designing my costume.

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Here you can see the process, I used my own body and my oversized coat as basic shape, then painted on the cotton drill with my left hand to achieve more free and fluid lines.

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I got these pieces ready for my garment in the end.

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Next, I hand sewed all pieces together into one.

One costume is not enough, I also designed my sunglasses, shoes, mask, and kerchief.

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I love being photographed, it’s a celebration to self. So I wore my costume in front of my paintings, Thanks to Friedel, he helped me to shoot these amazing photos.

When I looked this photo with my back, I can’t figure out where is me. I became part of my paintings, I am my art. 

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This costume is not only for woman, when Friedel wore it, I asked him if he felt girlish or not, but he also said no, “I felt powerful.” (here invited Friedel to be model  in the garment)

I appreciate this process as my path to immortality, from dissociation to association. In the end, all of 9 Mowens achieves the harmony in one body.

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Thanks for listening.

Mowen 

Royal College of Art, London
2018.10.19

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