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by Anna Helme

In a mythic cyberfeminist universe, a frustrated young man yearns for affinity and connection. In this age of digital avatars, he crafts a version of himself that is far more corporeal - by stitching together parts of himself to become his own cyborg twin, embracing the radical potential to create the self. However his new clone has been corrupted by a techno-magick virus. This Other self embodies a dangerous idea: that there are parts of ourselves beyond our control. This lo-fi sci-fi short film is an experimental hybrid of documentary, fiction and performance art. The story plays out in an affective cinematic mode, largely based on a lexicon of imagery and gesture. It features two transgender men, playing a very queer version of their own characters as they perform aspects of themselves onscreen. Throughout the film they are haunted by a chimera, a post-human personification of the desires, fears and possibilities that form who we might be in the future.

Queer Science: queering the cyborg in MyMy

by Anna Helme

My short film MyMy (2013) is a hybrid of science fiction narrative, documentary process and video art techniques. It’s about a lonely young transgender man who uses a techno-magick CD-ROM to create himself a cyborg twin. In the film I draw from both cyberfeminism and queer to explore a cinematic vision of how technology has the potential to liberate queer bodies from essentialist identities, both metaphorically and physiologically, as humans transcend the boundaries of biology. I decided to adopt and re-purpose Haraway's political metaphor of the cyborg into a story that a de-naturalises identity in general, beyond sex and gender, and to embody it within two characters in the film - a loveable yet uncontrollable cyborg twin (normalising the Other), and a post-human creature who beckons us into a future beyond earthly flesh and blood (rejecting the normal, and embracing what is alien). I chose to include, a per Haraway, an inclusion of the mystical realm as an adjunct metaphorical space, along with the technological. In a forthcoming article I will explore how Haraway’s cyborg, along with queer culture and theory, are embedded within my work, and give insights from an artist researcher’s position into how both the production and distribution of the film have created the environment for differences to other cinematic cyborgs to appear.

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In a mythic cyberfeminist universe, a frustrated young man yearns for affinity. In this age of digital avatars, he crafts a version of himself that is more corporeal - stitching code, magick and materiality into a cyborg twin.

from MyMy (2013)
Creator: Anna Helme
Posted by Anna Helme