Kara Gut

Artist Statement

My work investigates the new shape of human intimacy formed over time by internet lifestyle, constructed detachment from reality, and the power dynamics of the virtual. Using video, new media, and photography, I explore the necessity of certain arenas from Youtube fetish subculture to the video game modding community. I am specifically interested in how the patriarchal conversation that exists inside of these arenas can be subverted or reinterpreted to create new meaning.

Wayshrines​is a combination of appropriated media, screen recordings, and performance in digital environments in which the avatar exists as a replacement for the physical body. ​Wayshrines ​currently exists as a video project in three parts. It attempts to overturn power structures that exist within a web­based reality by appropriating and reinterpreting virtual representations. The work calls into question the alternative moral code that exists when confronting the immortal digital body.