Keto Logua’s work engages the shared image-making traditions within artistic and scientific production. She uses sculpture, film and installation to undermine the boundaries between what is objective and subjective, fact and fiction, examining the inherent anthropocentric projection that lies within structures of scientific practice. Using a research based and collaborative process, her work denounces an individually expressive authorship while simultaneously centering the inexorably personal nature of searches for progress.
In Simple Model, Logua uses a realistic 3d model of the human body called SMPL to design a sculpture that is then rendered both digitally and materially. The SMPL model is built from a large number of aligned 3D meshes of different people in different poses. While this vast archiving of human forms is done with the intention of creating lifelike virtual representations of the figure, the aesthetic of the sculpting tools is distinctly technological. Logua’s character is an amalgamation of the stages of materialization and abstraction it has gone through.
Keto Logua (b. 1988 Sukhumi, Georgia) lives and works in Berlin. She is a winner of the 2019 Ars Viva prize. Her work has been shown at Between Bridges Berlin (Berlin), KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin), and Museum Wiesbaden.