from a dialog about the Chimera images from a recent interview:
Thyrza Nichols Goodeve
Does this also pertain to the chimeras? Although superficially they
might look abject, these images seem to be about something coming
into existence, rather than deteriorating; some kind of transformation.
I think youre right. Its not about decay, its
about birth. Birth of a new form, of a new possibility that might
be awful but we dont yet know. We say were working
in a post-Benjamin kind of aesthetic in the sense that were
pondering the possibility of a new aura. Where the age of mechanical
reproduction introduced the loss of the aura according to Benjamin,
the age of biotechnical reproduction offers the production of a
new kind of aura.
In terms of the current works relationship to the body, I
think of Deleuzes notion of "the body without organs"
that was so influential in the late 80s and early 90sbecuase your
chimeras are really organs without the body, arent they?
Yes, they are all the organs that didnt find a body!
Yes. Because these pieces are made within the context of the crossover
between the biological and the biotechnological that is currently
taking place. Thats why we chose the title, Chimera, the mythical
creature made from the forepart of a lion, the hind part of a dragon,
and a middle formed from a goat.
A crossover which is producing a new notion of the uncanny based
in what we can call the biotechnological unconscious. And you are
ambivalent about this?
Yes, we experience the new biotechnological reality as both something
comforting and disconcerting.