Is an interactive experience that reveals the ways in which the American system judges skin color... and questions it.
Role: Interactive Installation, User Experience Design, Programming,
Tools Used: Processing, Adobe Illustrator, Processing, Mirrors, Monitor
There is a three-part progression which leads to the mental and physical instability of the black mind and body.
Surface Judgments. This form of judgment is the root of the oppression of black bodies. What is most noticeable on the surface is color.
Double Consciousness. Double consciousness is the idea that as a black American, we can not live our lives expecting others to see the way we see ourselves. We have to consider how the “other” sees and perceives us in order to survive within the American way of life.
Body Dysmorphia. Body dysmorphia is a mindset where an individual mainly sees flaws within their physical appearance. As black Americans, body dysmorphia is a mindset we are born with and sadly its manifestation within our brains can be enhanced by the “other’s” perception of black bodies. This three-part progression leads to one common conclusion, that black minds and bodies are not safe in America.
My intention is for people to be more aware of the realities behind how the color of their skin reflects the implicit biasses that people and systems place on each other.