Laura Gozlan's videos and visual installations question the links between subculture and Posthumanism, their founding myths (New Age, Cybernetics) and their dystopias. Regarding her video productions, she mostly worked over the past few years from what is found, using her favourite materials, gialli films (Italian romantic-horror- crime film noirs), science-fiction fantasy and documents found in scientific archives. She now re-engages with a practice she had long deserted, and appears both behind and in front of the video camera. She impersonates a character, whose features send a scrambled message, as her costume suggest an air of bourgeoisie, that her messy hair and dull-looking face meticulously deconstruct. On another note, this woman performs a series of actions that seem to obey a ritual logic (smoking organs, getting bones out of a basin...).This echoes a few obsessions that haunt the artist’s work: zombies, ghosts, dismemberment, and mummies.
We can understand this semi-life as an intermediate state between matter and information in an immaterial era, and the promises of eternal youth it offers, once existence is set free from all submission to biology. In her works, and in the organic systems that constitute her exhibitions, where the shapes move from the screen to the physical space, Laura Gozlan shows that these new rituals to ward off death are far from futuristic and encompassed in a long timeframe. The first anatomy treaties, magic rites and religious practices mingle with advertising, photoshop filters, IT and nanotechnologies. The convergence between technology and biology that we witness in a baffling manner, started long ago.