AS WE MELT
This manipulated image series by photographer Sara Bastai reflects on future ceremonies and collective experiences in a digital world: the sense of loss of self, the distorted perception of time and space, and the fictional and futuristic spaces of individual self-performance that define our current moment of transhumanization.
The images in the series were composed trough a photogrammetry software that generates 3D scans of the human body, and are accompanied by an installation piece. The individual scans combine into a collective surrealistic sculpture that embodies an archaeology of the present and a projection of the future at once.
With her series, Bastai raises questions about the relevance of rituals to humans as individuals and as a society. Seen as a spiritual protocol, rituals seek to regulate and stabilize society, providing a guiding system of shared beliefs, values and norms. In the absence of ceremony, a new guiding system would have to be constructed.
Can we translate analogue rituals into a digital world? Or do we need to construct new myths in order to live consciously and morally in a period of social acceleration, individualization and atomization?