© 2019 Melissa Johnson Studio

VIRGIN

In a dystopian future where all female bodies are commodified for virtual pleasure, the artist invents a fake app where customers purchase bodies as a vessel for their fantasies & imprint desired personality traits.

Opressive femininity, stereotypes, gender roles, sexuality, silencing, & obedience all come into grotesque display tangled around the complex Madonna/Whore dynamic. The video climaxes with a escape of the system & complete shutdown.

In addition, there is an immersive component when installed in exhibition. Video is projected onto a bed & software is downloaded onto an iPad to mimic handheld app selections.

VIRTUAL

Virtual Virgin                                        
36:00                                                                             2017