Saya Woolfalk uses science fiction, fantasy and anthropology to imagine the 'Empathics', a fictional race of women. Presented by POSTmatter and Daata Editions.
In collaboration with Daata Editions we present a new series of work by interdisciplinary artist Saya Woolfalk. Using science fiction, fantasy, anthropology and semiotics, she explores the alternative utopian possibilities of identity. Melding dance, video, animation and sculpture in a number of ongoing projects, Saya Woolfalk offers fantastical narratives of cultural hybridity to expand traditional visions of the present and ideas of the future.
In a recent public performance piece that took over New York’s Fulton Centre, she paired performance with interactive app technology to offer passers by a glimpse into her kaleidoscopic imagination. It is one in a series of pieces that builds the story of the Empathics, a fictional race of women who Woolfalk is writing as unbound by the limits of genetics.
In a new interactive mandala-style video piece produced for this issue of POSTmatter, New York-based, Japanese-born Woolfalk continues to build this story through ritualistic digital creations that reimagine what it means to be human. Click on any one of the branches to be taken to a corresponding piece in her Color Mixing Machine series, each of which are available to buy on Daata Editions, an innovative digital platform representing contemporary moving image and sound artists.