Curated by ellen.gif and Andriana Carney
FAITH HOLLAND (USA)
VVVVVV (2011-2013), Web installation
VVVVVV is a fully-functional ‘pornographic’ website that depicts abstract images that address pornography’s use of women’s bodies throughout the history of the world wide web (WWW). The website uses appropriated footage that represents both the Internet and the vagina. The project teases out an alternative history of the world wide web, pornography, and women’s bodies. The website critiques the death of representations of female anatomy, within and beyond pornography, and its relative cultural unimportance as compared to phallic imagery.
By evoking a 1990s aesthetic—a time when mainstream consumers first got online—the website confronts the commercialisation of the Internet that was accomplished using women’s bodies. The vagina is mapped onto how the popular visual imagination conceives the physical presence of the Internet as an endless, tunnelling space (as seen in The Matrix, Hackers, and Lawnmower Man), which, in the context of VVVVVV, becomes what Holland has coined as ‘cyberpussy.’ VVVVVV maps out new theoretical potentialities for gender, technology, and sex.
Faith Holland is an artist, curator, and educator whose multimedia practice focuses on intimacy with technology. She received her BA in Media Studies at Vassar College and her MFA in Photography, Video, and Related Media at the School of Visual Arts. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as The Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), Elga Wimmer Gallery (New York), Axiom Gallery (Boston), the Philips Collection (Washington, D.C.), Human Resources (Los Angeles), DAM Gallery (Berlin), and File Festival (São Paulo). Her work has been written about in Artforum, The Sunday Times UK, Elephant, Art F City, Hyperallergic, The Creator’s Project, and Dazed Digital, among others. She was a 2014 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Finalist in Digital/Electronic Art. Her first solo show, Technophilia, was at Transfer Gallery in 2015 and she will have her second with the gallery in fall 2017. In 2016, she was an artist-in-residence at Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning and Harvestworks and one of five finalists for the inaugural Post-Photography Prototyping Prize given by Fotomuseum Winterthur.