sandra araújo

Resident Interview

sandra araújo ::::: : is a < ηoη-biηaґy && geηdeґqueeґ > digital aґtist that speηt eηdless houґs fighting moηsteґs & stґolliηg thґough mazes. so, it oηly felt ηatuґal for < them > 2 evolve thґough aη expeґimeηtal & exploґative pґocess of gamiηg visual cultuґe & populaґ gif files. also feeds oη social media platfoґms 2 eηgage < heґ > aηimatioηs iηto the depths of gameplay plots. < they > still plays old school video games :: :

Hello sandra, can you start by telling us a bit about yourself and your background?

ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ  hi !! w͢w͢w͢ell, i'm a n0n-binary & genderqueer artist with a vintage conection 2 ZX spectrum 8-bit computer & (Sinclair) BASIC programming. also photography + video / film  (analogue & digital) underground / background degree.

How would you describe your art to someone who doesn't know you?

n0n-linear narratives with 𝒂𝒅 𝒂𝒆𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒏𝒖𝒎 loͦoͦpiͥng objects

What led you to work with digital media, and what were your inspirations when you first started?

i started VJing 4 Thug Unicorn (𝕄𝕄𝕏𝕀𝕍), a dj collective from Porto & wanted 2 do something different besides flashy lights + strobe effects. i used random gif files found online, vaporwave videos, video game speed runs even coding tutorials & 3D cool stuff  ⇝ i was really obsessed with Claudia Maté catwalking dancing babies ⇜

What are the main concepts behind "⁹ 🄷O͇͉𝕃ᕮ", the digital installation created during the online residency?

⁹ 🄷O͇͉𝕃ᕮ is about the corruption of language & it's use 4 populism propaganda ➥ through social media platforms. it's limited use of characters & the almost impossibility of rational / real p̶o̶l̶i̶t̶i̶c̶a̶l̶ arguments besides #hashtag duels & SHOUTING MATCHES ! this newww$peak language devices the manipulation of memory through a ficcional OTHER 2 whom perpetually hate in a state of authoritarian imagination.

Your work explores human relations through social media, web culture, and video games. Can you tell us more about it?

just trying 2 explore the logic of connective action VS collective action through / inflluence of social media & AI algorithms.  more recently game theory and ludology have been considered as a model in social sciences and could be applied in a broader context as a social system. which is to say politics (democratic / fascist / kingdom) is a MMORPG realm ⚔️


What is your process like? Can you walk us through some of it?

it’s a painful method / pattern of endless feeding / clicking oη social media platforms 4 imagery - memes, random footage, stockImage, even :poop:posting & fakenews, engine tools ➫ collecting / editing data as texture material.

What is the origin of your .gif project series?

started them back in 2010 as a way of not spending money on fine-art printing paper for my photography project in school.

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How do you title your work?

creative vandalism [ image macro reappropriation / bricolage 🛠 ]

Have you seen or read anything interesting lately that you would like to share?

right now i’m prepping digital performance related papers 4 MA interactive arts starting this fall BUT 𝑂𝑢𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑊𝑟𝑒𝑐𝑘𝑎𝑔𝑒: 𝐴 𝑁𝑒𝑤 𝑃𝑜𝑙𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑐𝑠 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑎𝑛 𝐴𝑔𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝐶𝑟𝑖𝑠𝑖𝑠 by George Monbiot is ♡( ◡‿◡ ) 📚✨ ++ 𝑊ℎ𝑦 𝐿𝑜𝑣𝑒 𝐻𝑢𝑟𝑡𝑠 by Eva Illouz are g👀d reads !1

You sometimes combine texts with symbols for titles, descriptions, and writings. Can you tell us a bit about that?

why not use systems — language(written) & numeral(symbols) 4 newww meaning. 𝓣𝓱𝓮𝓻𝓮’𝓼 𝓪 𝓵𝓸𝓽 𝓸𝓯 𝓹𝓸𝓮𝓽𝓻𝔂 𝓲𝓷 < 𝓼𝓸𝓾𝓻𝓬𝓮 > 𝓬𝓸𝓭𝓮. also emoji, kaomoji, wtv can be translated / transformed into visual elements. just like a memet̶i̶c̶ media coverage using ‘small units of culture that spread from person 2 person by copying / imitation’, quoting Richard Dawkins, 1976 - assembling an analogy to the idea of a gene or a virus capable of self-replicating information found on the self-replicating chromosome <& so many virus jokes possibilities here > but i’ll just stop ·゚ . 。 .

Do you have any bad habits? How do they affect your daily life?

eating  5 / 10 🍎 a day … (·_·ヾ still figuring it out if that’s a bad thing

Is there anything else you would like to share with us? Any fun facts our readers can learn about you?

there’s a w̼a̼t̼e̼r̼ tap leaking in my new home & it’s driving me creizi 💧 (。•́︿•̀。)

Visit Residency Digital Installation: deformalgallery.wixsite.com/sandra-araujo

For more of araújo: https://s-ara.net |  @s.4ra

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