Noelle Mason (USA) Backscatter Blueprints

Noelle Mason talks on her work:

Backscatter Blueprints is a body of work about the phenomenological effects of vision technologies on the perception of undocumented immigrants. This project remediates images that are used to patrol the international borders into hand made objects to explore how new vision technologies recycle Cartesian modes of viewing land and body and in so doing reinforce a neocolonial worldview.

Cyanotype was used to create images of load trucks taken using a backscatter x-ray machine, tying this new type of digital imaging to a historical processes of image making developed at the beginning of the modern period.  The cyanotype process, having been used to reproduce architectural plans resonates with the elevation-like imagery that the backscatter machine produces, images that reveal a jarring tension between the mechanical trucks and their human cargo.   The physicalization of these images through alternative processes calls into question the immediacy in which they are originally produced and consumed, separating them from their screen and giving them body and space to be viewed outside of their original context, of hunter and hunted.

Noelle Mason

Noelle Mason is a visual artist and curator working with object and performance. She is particularly interested in the intensity of relationships implied in viewership, often taking herself as subject and engaging in political commentary. She received her MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. As well as an Associate Professor of Art at the University of South Florida, Mason is also the Co-Founder and Curator of Parallelogram Gallery (Florida, USA).

2 thoughts on “Noelle Mason (USA) Backscatter Blueprints

  1. Very interesting. There are at least two gaps, the one created by migration itself, and the one created by the old technology used for the prints, and the distance that exists from the new technologies.

  2. Really interesting work!! It displays how technology has an invasive component to it that ultimately takes away the right to have privacy or concealment, long gone are those days. Technology that can break the barrier and reveal unseen light spectrum’s is fascinating but also a bit scary. Loving the look of the blueprints very beautiful.

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