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Jon Rafman

Several works


Open Heart Warrior
L’Avalée des avalés  (The Swallower Swallowed: Rabbit/Pig)
L’Avalée des avalés (The Swallower Swallowed, Deer/Gorilla)

Sculptures and video installation (13:30 min)

This ensemble of two sculptures and a video installation reflects on human needs and desires in relation to digitality. The sculptures portray images of vorarephilia, the erotic desire to eat another person or creature, to be eaten, or to observe this process. Jon Rafman associates the compulsion to swallow with our voracious appetite for consuming digital media.

View the work from the comfort of the relaxation chair. The video splices together beautiful natural scenery with dark images inspired by the gaming world. The soundtrack combines a calm voice instructing us to relax with a nightmarish ambiance. The artist suggests that immersive gaming can induce a momentary out-of-body experience in the same way as a mindfulness exercise.

Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Petri Virtanen

Jon Rafman

Born in Canada in 1981
Based in Montreal

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