Full Body Facial by Adham Faramawy is an extract from an audiovisual piece developed in 2014. The digital artwork is constructed around a video of a performance enacted for the camera. Three anonymous performers slather each others’ bodies in viscous clay. The footage is embedded within a computer simulation of liquid surfaces: the sea, a puddle, and a pool. The soundtrack features a composition drawing from samples of running water, a bird song and an ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) video of a young woman gently whispering about the healing effects of a full body mud wrap.
The work is part of a series that explores and plays with the effects of mediated images and the prevalence of computer generated imagery in advertising on notions of embodiment. As part of the piece sounds and images from multiple sources both amateur and professional are overlaid, creating a calm, deliberate and subtle rupture in the language of commercial framing of moving-images.