Dreams of a cyborg trapped in a drawing by Nasreen
Digital print, rust transfer, tea stain and gouache on paper; 8.27 X 11.7 inches each (9 images) 2015
The trigger for these sets of drawings are two-fold. The first being the drawings of
Nasreen Mohamedi, and the second a question - what could cyborgs dream of and
what would these dreams be like? Within Mohamedi’s drawings, one sees how ideas
of space are visualised, how time is impregnated within her meticulous work, and the
role of her body.
I am fascinated by cyborgs as entities that are more than human, not human, or alien.
A cyborg in a more traditional sense of the word would be a human that is fused with
the machine, where the machine is not just a prosthetic but is very integral to her own
sense of self. Remove the machine and the cyborg wouldn’t know who she is.
Dreams are spaces and experiences that are produced from the depths of how we are
formed, who we are, what our fears and pleasures feel like, and much more. Dreams
perhaps are also the most private experience that one has. With these thoughts, I was
compelled to think of what a cyborg would dream about, how it would feel about its
pleasures and fears, and how it looks at its own body.