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Juria Toramae

Juria Toramae is a visual artist whose practice is deeply engaged with the oceanic space.Working in the intersections of photography, cartography, installation, and moving image, she is interested in making visible histories and ecologies that would otherwise go unnoticed. Her work has been presented at international festivals and venues including the Singapore Art Museum, the Singapore International Photography Festival, The Photobook Exhibition for Athens Photo Festival (Greece), the Obscura Festival of Photography (Malaysia), the Chiang Mai University Art Center (Thailand), and The Substation (Singapore).

Pelagic Dreams 2 (Redux)

4:3 aspect ratio, 60s video loop (colour, sound)
2021

The work is part of an ongoing project that explores the oceanic capacity to imagine new lifeforms using artificial intelligence trained on the artist’s personal documentation of marine species found in Southeast Asian waters and colonial taxonomic illustrations of the same species.

What emerges are phantasmal metamorphic morphologies, ephemeral and hypnotic forms.

The work explores the aesthetic and affective dimensions of a mutational sublime, in which the development of new forms of life are anticipated, appreciated, and even celebrated, as well as acknowledges our inescapable co-authorship with nonhuman organisms and technology, raising necessary questions about the limits of human agency and dominion, and the future to come.

Pelagic Dreams 2 (Redux)

4:3 aspect ratio, 60s video loop (colour, sound)
2021

The work is part of an ongoing project that explores the oceanic capacity to imagine new lifeforms using artificial intelligence trained on the artist’s personal documentation of marine species found in Southeast Asian waters and colonial taxonomic illustrations of the same species.

What emerges are phantasmal metamorphic morphologies, ephemeral and hypnotic forms.

The work explores the aesthetic and affective dimensions of a mutational sublime, in which the development of new forms of life are anticipated, appreciated, and even celebrated, as well as acknowledges our inescapable co-authorship with nonhuman organisms and technology, raising necessary questions about the limits of human agency and dominion, and the future to come.

Juria Toramae

Juria Toramae is a visual artist whose practice is deeply engaged with the oceanic space.Working in the intersections of photography, cartography, installation, and moving image, she is interested in making visible histories and ecologies that would otherwise go unnoticed. Her work has been presented at international festivals and venues including the Singapore Art Museum, the Singapore International Photography Festival, The Photobook Exhibition for Athens Photo Festival (Greece), the Obscura Festival of Photography (Malaysia), the Chiang Mai University Art Center (Thailand), and The Substation (Singapore).