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The Projected Observer by Sammie Veeler

Within the World Titled Gray Area Festival 2021
Credited to Sammie Veeler
Opening date October 20th, 2021
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Main image for The Projected Observer by Sammie Veeler

Statement:

This was a private digital refuge for 6 formative months of my life. I went for walks here before there was any art. I made some galleries and thought, perhaps I should make some art to put in them.

This space contains images, videos, sculptures, and performances spanning the last year of my transition. The theme of these works is the projected observer. In each piece, you see me seeing myself.

Until I transitioned, my practice which I undertook in private was almost exclusively sound. Transition dilated my pupils and I tried in vain to express the feelings in words. The visual works flowed out the paucity of words to contain this new volume of feeling.

This is a story in song which stops, reverses, and collapses time into the illusion of space. It forms one corridor of a mutable biography which overflows and intersects itself, continually failing to satisfactorily explain its nature.

It is also a portal – a third space between my current self and my past selves where we can exist together outside time. In many moments of my life I call out to myself, saying yes it will be just fine. I want to ring a bell so loudly I can hear it across time.

The art and the landscape arose together. My first 3D modeling attempts sit with my most recent ones. The seams from my clumsy exploration are visible everywhere. I flatten myself amid my artifacts– the distortion of audio and video synthesizers, the jumbling of my tits and pearls in transparent polyhedra.

If you want to play it as a game, there are some environmental puzzles which unlock areas in the space. Your number keys will also take you to each significant place. You may leave a comment in the guestbook with a screenshot and describe your associations with the site you photographed.

3D Environment Description:

You materialize in front of a large banyan tree surrounded by a black, slightly metallic structure. An glass and metal shaft runs through the pixellated dirt floor and up into the sky. The sky is a rotating geometric pattern in purples and blues, with transparent clouds slowly moving through it and catching flickering light from the scene.

Artworks in this space:

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Blue Green 2

Artist name Sammie Veeler
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March 2021

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Twitching Chapel

Artist name Sammie Veeler
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March 2021

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Building Shape 1

Artist name Sammie Veeler
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This was the first shape I made for this room, and one of the first shapes I ever made in Blender.

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Gallery 2

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The Sky

Artist name Sammie Veeler
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Gallery 1

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Building Shape 1

Artist name Sammie Veeler
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Pay Toilet

Artist name Sammie Veeler
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The first art work hastily created in order to be installed in this gallery. Per Don, "obligatory scary toilet."

Pay Toilet
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Posing

Artist name Sammie Veeler
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Tits

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Posing 1

Artist name Sammie Veeler
I'm trans. I take hormones. On this day I saw the first outline of what appeared to be a titty. I stand in the foreground with my arms crossed over my bare chest with a tattoo of a bridge on my stomach barely visible, facing a camera which passes through a video synthesizer. All colors are removed besides black, pink and blue. The image is divided in half. I stand on the left side, and the right is an abstract texture formed from the wall behind me.
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Posing 2

Artist name Sammie Veeler
If this was written in the third person, would I call myself a woman or a trans woman? My face is visible in the bottom left corner, looking over my shoulder with mouth slightly parted. The image is divided in half, my body is above me in a pink which blends with the wall and a TV cart on which a synthesizer and a 3D printer sit. The majority of the frame shows the background of my studio: a ceiling fan above my head on the left in blue, a 5 by 7 grid of 3d printer waste stuck to my wall in pink in the top center, a broom leaning up next to it. The right of the frame is an abstract texture of dark shadows on blue and pink.
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Posing 3

Artist name Sammie Veeler
I stand in the bottom left corner with my right hand brushing into my shoulder length hair. An echo of my face in blue with pink and black shadow is visible in the bottom right corner. In the center in blue, the grid of 3d printer waste on the wall is visible, with a more abstract collage of mostly stringy protruding 3D printer waste appearing to on the left of it. The center and upper right of the image are an abstract texture.
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Posing 4

Artist name Sammie Veeler
I stand sidelong in front of the camera, looking over my shoulder with my right arm curled up in front of my body and pulling my hair over my face. The grid of 3D printer waste is in focus in the center of the image and it echoes over my face.
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Posing 5

Artist name Sammie Veeler
I stand sidelong in front of the camera with brows furrowed and eyes looking slightly to the right of it. My right arm curls up, obscuring my chest and my fingers lace into my shoulder length hair. My body, in pink, blends with the wall behind me and the right half of the image is a dark wash of black and pink, with blue dripping down the right edge.
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Posing 6

Artist name Sammie Veeler
As I pose, I watch myself. The image is split with the bottom two thirds on the top, and the top third on the bottom. I look slightly to the right of the camera. My body is directly above my face with my arms at my sides and my bare chest partially visible, diagonally divided with the bottom half in blue and the top in pink. My arms blend in with the wall and the 3D printer behind me.
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Posing 7

Artist name Sammie Veeler
I stand in the bottom left corner with my bare chest and anchor tattoo above my left nipple visible. My hair and eyes are blown out in light blue, with the grid of failed 3D prints which sit behind me on my wall showing through my hair. Vertical strokes of black and pink fill the right of the frame.
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Posing 8

Artist name Sammie Veeler
The video synthesizer split the image with the bottom two thirds on the top, and the top third on the bottom. My face is in the bottom left corner and my body is above it. My arms cover my chest and my hands meet in my hair in front of my neck. Echoes of this image play across the right of the screen with blobs of black burning through them.
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Tits 1

Artist name Sammie Veeler
The image is split with the bottom third thirds on the top, and the top two thirds on the bottom. My face and chest just above the nipples are visible in the bottom left corner, with my left eye in focus and my anchor tattoo visible. My bare chest and nipples are visible at the very top left of the screen.
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Tits 2

Artist name Sammie Veeler
The video synthesizer split the image in half with the bottom on the top and the top on the bottom. I am seated, leaning back in my chair with my arms crossed over my stomach and the outline of my breasts visible. My facial expression is neutral with my eyes looking straight into the camera.
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Tits 3

Artist name Sammie Veeler
The video synthesizer split the image in half, with the top and bottom switched. My body is above, barely visible and flattened into the wall behind it, in a wash of pink and blue. Half of my face is visible in gray, with my eyes looking up and to the right and my lips slightly parted. My cheek, neck, and shoulders are buried in a jumble of pink.
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Tits 4

Artist name Sammie Veeler
The video synthesizer splits the image in half, with my body above and my face below. I sit on the left of the frame, with my left arm folded across my stomach, my right elbow resting on my left hand, and my arm pointing upward. My forearm tattoo of a face with a mask shooting off of it is in focus and colored blue. My face is mostly obscured in a wash of pink.
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Tits 5

Artist name Sammie Veeler
A distorted image of a seated trans woman in grayscale with jagged swaths shaded in pink and pale blue, with a collage of 3D printer waste on the wall behind her echoed across her body.
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Tits 6

Artist name Sammie Veeler
Tits 6
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Tits 7

Artist name Sammie Veeler
My face and chest are not split by the video synthesizer. I am seated in the bottom left of the frame. My eyes look off to the right, my lips are slightly parted, and my chest is visible in blue.
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Tits 8

Artist name Sammie Veeler
Tits 8
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Mom's Pearls

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Tortured Pocket

Artist name Sammie Veeler
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August 2021

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Bridge, Fig, Anchor, Tit

Artist name Sammie Veeler
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Performance 1

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Laura Stinger implicated me in two performances. In the first, we attempted to devise a game– we became frustrated with language's inability to translate our impulses. In the second, an AI Laura trained made decisions for us both. That voice itself is a virtual space: a third space between two physical spaces and embodiments. This series of clips came from the latter of those performances. I probe the edges of my voice for the first time on record since I began hormones. Not speaking, but singing.

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Performance 2

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Performance 3

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Performance 4

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Performance 5

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Cemetery Birds 2

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Cemetery Birds 3

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Cemetery Birds 4

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Cemetery Birds 6

Artist name Sammie Veeler
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Half Speed Loop

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Cemetery Birds 7

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Cemetery Birds 8