RE-U-MAN (2001)

by UDI

Re-u-man is a web project by Udi Aloni that reinterprets the functions and aesthetics of the body. The site brings together erotic imagery, quasi-religious texts and often uncanny juxtapositions.

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Aloni reiterates the de-humanising , anonymous face of the web, where man is a non-human, a de-human or gender-less anti-human. By combining visual midrashes (Talmudic commentary) with political, cultural and theological commentaries, and woven into the all-incorporating Kabbalistic web of the 'Tree of Life," Aloni has created a digital vessel for his ambitious and prolific imagery.

I found it quite fascinating, the similarity of the Dionysus myth and the Jehovah myth. In both, the divine body is torn to pieces and spread all over the world. One of the main Sisyphean projects of the Jewish people, according to the Lurianic Kabala, is to re- collect the pieces of the divine body, or the sparks, try to separate them from the dirt that had merged with them, and reassemble the pieces into the original whole. Even though they never succeed in creating the original God they manufacture mutations of God. Some are funny, some monsters, but all fascinating.

The Re-U-Man structure is an attempt to build a protocol that will help me merge the scattered pieces of the "I", the "I" that is torn by late Capitalism, by the old Marxism, by the sham of Modernism, and by the vagueness of Post- Modernism.

Udi Aloni, 1996

Aloni's canons of the secular and non-secular, combined with his powerful erotic imagery, create a compelling protocol that flows in virtual space and requires several hours of the visitor's time to travel, retrieve and combine.

In post-modern tradition, Aloni electively incorporates text, gnostic writings, the New Testament and the Bible, combines and blurs sexual identity, and calls on personal and collective mythology.

Through the presentation of digital information, imagery, and audio narrative, both Aloni and Amerika have found efficient vehicles to help them/us try to understand this digital Golam, or to come face to face with the Re-U-Man.

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