Soft Machine

A synonym for the human body taken from the William S. Burroughs novel, this series of iPhone photos refers to a literal fusing of humankind and technology-kind. Singularity is inevitable; let’s have fun while we’re still human.

Marianne Kodaira M

September 8, 2015 | Infinite Abyss | Spring 2015

Scenes in and around New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea captured on an iPhone 4S—nothing is forgotten, nothing is lost, nothing is abandoned. Small observations of natural absurdity, symmetry, pain, beauty, humor. A catalog of memory and desire. “Meals seemed to last five years and nap time seemed endless.” A reflection / a view / a clue.

The concealed multipurpose of iPhone technology provides me with an incognito trifecta of quality, convenience, and anonymity. Captured as a series of obnoxiously recognizable squares, the mood is inconspicuous and unseen, kinetic and ephemeral, each shot a fragmented preservation of the spurious patina on what it means to live. Heideggerian musings on whether this is “art” or simply another remarkable facet of technological advancement are questionable and ambiguous. Should we treat the technological realm as a pervasive force, another oppressive template seeking to dominate our voice? Or will technology be the ultimate arbiter of communication unrestricted by gender bias?

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Marianne Kodaira M

Marianne Kodaira M is an Auckland, New Zealand based writer, editor and non-resistor to general tangents. She enjoys David Lynch films, black holes, asymmetry, and artificial green tea flavoring. Her work has been featured in such magazines as LOBBY, BBY, Rundown, Dalliance, Rat and Dreck.

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