Possible Bodies

Liberté, 3D, Fraternité

Item number: 104
Item title: Liberté, 3D, Fraternité
Author(s) of the item: Raphaël Fabre
Year in which the item emerged culturally or was produced industrially: 2017
Entry of the item into the inventory: 13 September 2018
Cluster(s) the item belongs to: Regimes of Truth
Inventor(s) for this item: Possible Bodies

"On April 7th, 2017, Raphael Fabre submitted a request for a French ID card. All of his papers were deemed to be legal and authentic and so the demand was accepted and a new national ID card was issued. In fact, the photo submitted to accompany this request was created on a computer, from a 3D model, using several different pieces of software and special effects techniques developed for movies and video games. Just as our relationship with governments and other forms of authority is increasingly based on digital information, so the image on the ID is entirely virtual. The artist’s self-portrait suggests the way in which citizens can construct their own identities, even in an age of powerful and often dehumanising technologies."