HYBRID; A Marriage of Minds, The Transmigration of Souls, 2023

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HYBRID; A Marriage of Minds, The Transmigration of Souls, 2023
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HYBRID; A Marriage of Minds, The Transmigration of Souls, 2023

The motion capture video HYBRID is based on an avatar constructed by combining my head with that of my husband’s, joining our heads together on the vertical—down the center between the eyes. This motion capture video is both a personal and speculative imagining of our future in a disembodied world in which our brains have been uploaded into the same data container. (HYBRID also exists as a 24” tall white bronze sculpture.) HYBRID is a continuation of my thinking about the meaning of living in a disembodied world in light of the research being done, primarily by men, into Whole Brain Emulation.

HYBRID is a very early example of the creation of a film inside Unreal Engine. The film is shot in one continuous camera move within the game space. I want to acknowledge the incredible work of my animator Clyde Cabanban in helping me to realize this video. We spent a very long time together working through all of the strange problems one confronts when repurposing a great technology to meet new ends. Without him, that would not have been possible.