From the artist:
This is a still from the audiovisual video.
This project is a multi-dimensional artivist act traversing radically inclusive politics, and articulating life-long pain, that subverts the racism, ableism, sexism and classism within the field of medical sciences.
Medium(s): Data-informed networks, programming, and the artists personal medical archive.
KaleidoSkeleton Ti : The Desi Cyborg (2020) builds upon its kin’s ‘KaleidoSkeleton Ti : 1 and 2’ as a translation of multidimensional pain exhibiting as a colour-subversive, and X-ray generated, audio-visual embodied stim. Aminder utilises transmedial programming and code, personal medical archives, biodata, and lifelong lived experience, to centre autonomy and subvert the medical and diagnostic gaze. Created during the COVID19 Pandemic, the process and output of the work embodies moments of self-choreographed release through the neurodivergent aural, visual, and vestibular tool of stimming.*
KaleidoSkeleton Ti : The Desi Cyborg (2020) honours disabled intersectional lives as world re-makers, and values societal and cultural wellbeing as pivotal to the experience of the disability and quality of life. Simultaneously, KaleidoSkeleton Ti : The Desi Cyborg (2020) amplifies Aminder’s race and ethnicity - cultivating ancestral healing as a child of the diaspora - through the reclamation of her Desi heritage (race, ethnicity, religion, culture). This was performed by decoding personal medical data, and manipulating X-rays, into specific vivid opaque colours that are synonymous with Indian symbolism across politics, fashion, religion and culture, in addition to rituals and rites of passage, celebrations, festivals, and traditions. Inherently, The Desi Cyborg pierces multidimensional pain (physical, social, cultural, diasporic, intersectional, survivorship, and spiritual pain) as a disabled, chronically ill, neurodivergent, British Indian woman, and survivor, fighting quintuple oppressions inside, and outside, of the South Asian community.