Gary Hill

Inasmuch As It Is Always Taking Place, 1990

I came across Hill’s piece in a book about the Uncanny in Cyborg Culture. His work fragments the body, exploring the disembodiment and displacement of representation that occurs following the development of new technologies.

This sense of temporality and detachment is an interesting reflection on the body. Considering the metaphysical significance that representations of the body have had in the history of art, Hill’s work confronts us with an acknowledgement of the development of this reflection following a digital age. The body is reconfigured, not entirely lost, but different, and held within a new space, accessible but equally distant. I am interested in this reconfiguration, the relegation of the physical into the digital, the loss of a ‘wholeness’, but also the retention of a sense of presence.

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