Matching Tattoos

Performance

50:16

2020

Tattoo needle, tattoo ink, transparent keyboard cover, alcohol wipes, MacBook Pro 13'

During the hour-long performance, the viewers witness the process of me applying stick and poke tattoo to the keyboard skin as I gave the same tattoo to myself. 

 

Tattoo as a ritual grounded on the concept of making a permanent mark to one’s body, inevitably indicates a power hierarchy. However, the keyboard skin belongs to neither my laptop nor me, but rather, it is the embodiment of the in-between connection, an interface and a relationship. Rather than a battle of hierarchical power, tattooing this artificial skin is a projection of one-way fantasy upon the reliance on machine, which in fact leaves the machine itself unbothered.

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