Patchwork Girl

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“The body is a patchwork, though the stitches might not show. (...) The borders are frayed and permeable. It's possible, and maybe preferable for the self to think of itself as a sort of practice rather than a thing, a proposition with variable terms, a mesh of relationships.” Shelley Jackson

Patchwork Girl is the title of a cybertext written by Shelley Jackson in 1995. The story centers around a character made up of ever-changing body parts, challenging traditional notions of identity as fixed and singular. Patchwork Girl uses hyperlinks to create a fragmented narrative structure, allowing readers to explore multiple paths of experience through piecing together images, sentences, and blocks of texts. The use of collage as a narrative technique is prominent throughout the story, juxtaposing and blurring concepts of linearity, gender, and identity.

This collection presents works that use collage and assemblage techniques to portray recreated identities. In the realm of digital image production, where visuals can be easily altered and manipulated, the concept of authenticity becomes elusive. Instead, collage embraces the visible use of appropriated or manipulated images. New “collage” techniques use AI-powered image generators trained through machine learning that combine a multitude of images sourced from various image banks, raising concerns about copyright compliance. Here the artworks reveal the intricate web of contributions, or “mesh of relationships,” that shape their structure. Glitchy, layered compositions make visible the involvement of the many individuals engaged in the production and circulation of images.

This eerie imagery conveys a sense of estranged self, perhaps because it hints at the ethical implications of AI in shaping and defining identity, and at the hidden labor that underlies image creation.

Holly Herndon

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x | o 33 by Holly Herndon

Holly Herndon is a composer, musician, and sound artist actively involved in exploring AI systems to enhance her creative process. In 2019, for her album Proto, she worked with developers to build an AI entity named "Spawn" to assist in the composition of the album. Its cover blends the faces of all her collaborators together into a single portrait, highlighting the collective process behind the album production. x | o 33 is part of Herndon’s series of NFT self-portraits, playfully incorporating well-known visual culture references, furthering her research on the relationship between humans, machines, and creative practices.

Diana Sinclair

Agony (physical)
Agony (physical) by Diana Sinclair

Agony (physical) is a physical collage created, burnt, and filmed to produce the moving image work Agony. The status of the work therefore undergoes multiple transformations, as it was subsequently made into an NFT. Diana Sinclair is an artist, activist, and the founder of Digital Diaspora. Her practice reflects on how identity comes across in the Metaverse. Through her curatorial work she aims to open up opportunities for marginalized groups, discussing digital ownership and increased visibility of Black artists in the decentralized web.

Kévin Bray

Covering its sight, 2021

Questioning the production of images is at the core of Kévin Bray’s practice. “The way I edit my videos interacts with the backdrop and the stage; always at the edge of showing precisely how things work or are constructed. You can see which tools, layers and mediums I use.” The act of revealing the process of creating and manipulating images gives rise to a new language in itself. Covering its sight plays with painting visual codes, but its mediums question linearity of time and animism within contemporary media culture.

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Marianna Simnett


In Marianna Simnett’s OGRESS, a human figure morphs endlessly into mythological characters. This series of NFTs harnesses the state of permeability that exists with other beings and technologies, and how it affects our perception of the world and our identities. OGRESS furthers Simnett’s themes of power and control in relationship to the human body, exploring how technologies can enable new forms of storytelling and expression, as well as the potential implications that arise from their use.

Alima Lee

Perception of Jezebel
Perception of Jezebel by Alima Lee

Perception of Jezebel reflects on digital ownership, emphasizing the significance of asserting control over personal narratives of intimacy in the online sphere. Alima Lee is a filmmaker, designer, artist, curator, and DJ. She makes extensive use of collage in her work, while delving into themes of identity and intersectionality.

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bl0b 004 was created using a database of Kyt Janae’s previous digital artworks and merging them together into a blob through which an almost indistinguishable human figure emerges. bl0b 004 collages a multitude of artworks into one, acting as a reminder of the human tendency to anthropomorphize artificial intelligence systems and as a broader exploration of the role of technology and its impact on human expression.

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