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Erick Loyer

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artist statement

If you could redesign your body, what form would you take?

A computer interface is a filter which translates human action into digital space. Thus, it gives us a new body within that space, defined by its parameters. Interface design gains an ethical dimension in the degree to which it limits or augments our natural capabilities. For eight years, I've been exploring real-time interactive animation as a way to give the user a presence within the screen that is responsive, conceptual and intimate. I rely heavily on algorithmic animations that react instantly to mouse movement, presented in a narrative context where they become expressive of the thoughts and emotions of characters in a story.

Chroma is a large-scale application of this approach, in both its form and its content. An experimental interactive Web narrative, the site explores the nature of racial identity in the digital environment. Chroma follows four characters as they construct new digital bodies for themselves, encountering thorny questions of identity and race along the way. The piece is episodic in nature, containing twenty-five total episodes that are published on my interactive art site "The Lair of the Marrow Monkey" as they are produced.