Artificial appearances

A chat with artist Louisa Clement.

When did you start considering yourself an artist? What pushed you in this direction?

There was basically never a moment or something that drove me in this direction, to me it was always clear.

From mannequins to sex dolls, why this interest in the fake and standardised representation of the human body?

For me, the mannequins in my work are placeholders for the human being or for interpersonal relationships. Since my works develop out of fundamental and general questions about how people relate and behave to each other, which are not linked to a particular person but affect everyone in some way, placeholders make sense to me. In many works, the mannequins stand for avatars, so it was important to me to find a representation that is clearly related to human beings, but also has an enormously artificial appearance. With the representatives, the plan was to build an artificial self-portrait, as many people do on the Internet every day. I wanted to bring this kind of behaviour, this way of dealing with yourself, back into the real space. This form of self-representation should be a complete self portrait of my inside and my appearance, through an AI based chatbot

specially programmed based on my personality, my history, my thoughts and personal information, the representative is able to talk to people, ask questions and of course answer questions. The body is modelled after mine. Since I wanted to make a general comprehensive portrait, sexuality is of course also a theme that has been to expose, so the work is also a sex doll.

Your work embraced new technology; where is this interest coming from?

Technologies influence our lives extremely and shape and change our society, so I deal with new technologies and try to let them flow into my work as reflections and media. I want to reflect on the time in which we live and ask questions, so the occupation with technology, among other things, is inevitable.

 What are you working on at the moment?

My work is a constant development of reflections and questions. The works are connected to each other and relate to each other. I always try to take up again aspects and to gain new ones.

Artificial appearances

Artist: Louisa Clement / @clement_louisa
Interview: Antoine Schafroth / @a.schafroth
Editor: Maria Abramenko / @mariabramenko
Courtesy: Cassina Projects (Milan), Eigen Art (Berlin/Leipzig)
Kunst & Denker Contemporary (Dusselforg)

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