"Schema CorpoReal" explores the politics and cultural attitudes about gender and identity. Elements in the exhibition treat the cultural references of the “body image” as well as the manner in which language plays a determining role in the creation of persona and self. For this solo exhibition New Media Artist, Hector Canonge investigates sexual representation, identity discourse, and the politics of migration through various technological approaches in his interactive, site-specific, and video installation works.
This project allowed the artist to extend his use and exploration of barcode label technology from the digital to the physical world As audiences enter the exhibition space they encounter a live model whose body parts, arms, legs, forehead, feet, back, etc., are labeled with barcode tags. Visitors are encouraged to use a barcode label scanner, and in doing that they are able to trigger the various poetic narratives that correspond to each particular body part. The narratives are a text written by the artist in relation to how he and people may perceive his body. While absent, the artist presence was replaced by an inflatable plastic dummy displaying the same labels so gallery visitors could interact with the piece.
For its premiere presentation and exhibition at Topaz Arts, June 3 - July 11, 2009, the project included:
Schema CorpoReal: New-media Performance Installation where the artist uses his body as a platform for interaction.
Val_ID_ation: Site-specific installation using digital reproduction of the artist’s IDs from various institutions in the USA.
HCvtr: Multimedia game environment adapted for touch screen technology.
"Schema CorpoReal" at MIX22, November 17 -24, 2009, was presented with slight modifications and without its other exhibition componentsl. Performances took place daily, every 20 minutes during the festival.