The Algorithm Will See You Now
Born in Rio de Janeiro, artist Pauline Batista obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California (USC) before moving to London to study at Goldsmiths, from which she graduated with a master’s in Fine Art (MFA) in 2017.
Pauline’s practice questions the impulse to render transparent information, bodies and what the artist calls, the quantified self. Through her work, the artist examines the implications of the blurred lines between artificial and organic; virtual and physical; inert and animate; and humankind’s misguided aim at perfection and immortality. The concept of transparency is a recurring theme in Pauline’s work because it is increasingly used as a societal aim: to be able to see through layers; past institutional frameworks; past the surface, the skin. The artist asks:
"A growing obsession [with] dissecting our bodies might identify diseases before they spread, but what happens when every aspect of our lives is documented and catalogued for profit? Is a transparent body one that can give countries a leg up on finally hacking the human brain?"
Technological advances allow unprecedented access to the inner workings of the flesh, but also open the door to trans-humanist hopes of a convergence between technology and the body. As sci-fi dreams and nightmares become a reality, those who are granted access to mediate the information that transparency overwhelms us with hold the new currency of power and will determine the social, economic and genetic casts of the future, raising the urgent question: to whom are they accountable?