Artist Projects

Docile Bodies

Lorelei Pepi

Docile Bodies is the first of series of animation installations using sensors and a gaming engine system to craft an immersive, interactive narrative environment. The narrative examines a viewer and their viewed subject’s potential agency, or lack of it. Video gaming culture, fairytales and queer narrative provide a storytelling frame with which to examine representation of body, gender, power, the gaze, and sexuality. The project asks for the involvement of the viewer’s physical, mental and emotional states, using their own body, processing and decision making, and empathy for another being in distress. If the viewer can determine what the subject needs, and is willing to commit to the effort, they can help. Using technology to track the viewer’s engagement through body and gaze location, the media they are viewing is affected and responds, as narratives come to life, skins speak and bodies transform.