Altar-ations (2006)

"Altar-ations” is a wedding planner gone awry, to question who is really in control of a woman’s self-image and gender construction. Choose your engagement ring, spin for your spouse, build a better baby, and manage your virginity--these options are all just a click away, or so it seems. The satirical interface triggers excerpts from serious interviews with young people who are contemplating sexuality, marriage, commercialism, and reproductive technologies.

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"Altar-ations” is a wedding planner gone awry, to question who is really in control of a woman’s self-image and gender construction. Choose your engagement ring, spin for your spouse, build a better baby, and manage your virginity--these options are all just a click away, or so it seems. The satirical interface triggers excerpts from serious interviews with young people who are contemplating sexuality, marriage, commercialism, and reproductive technologies.

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  • uhster | 3 years, 7 months ago
    This highly satirical piece is one that is both easily navigated and wonderfully critical of normalized social constructions. With cliche conversations of what it means to consent to the institution of a union, the user navigates through a computer-like data base of options that directly mirror the real intersections of technology and nature. From the baby-building industry to the stories of violence and economic manipulation behind that sparkly wedding ring, the true nature of one of the oldest structures is revealed through one of the newest and ever growing mediums of technology to realize just how far society has not come in terms of identity politics and beyond.
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