The Hall of Hyperdelic Youths
Mintio is a visual artist from Singapore who is currently based in Bali. I came upon her series, The Hall of Hyperdelic Youths when flipping through Photography Today, an excellent book curated by Mark Durden. In this series, she takes takes portraits of Singaporean video gamers and lays over screenshots of the games they are playing.
Mark Durden writes, ‘The Singaporean artist Mintio offers another perspective on the relationships between individuals and mass culture in her recent series of extraordinary portraits T.H.O.H.Y., which is a reaction to Singaporean teenagers addiction to computer games. Through multiple exposures, she shows us both the faces of the games lit by their computer screens and the virtual worlds in which they are absorbed.’
Mintio comments about this work that ‘the virtual world hold infinite possibilities for these gamers and its landscapes defies yet mimics the logics of space. Turning 180 degrees, through the eyes of the gamer, the camera records layers of information from infinite space of the game matrix with multiple exposures.’
On the same website, Mintio also comments about a gamer: ‘He was him and someone else.’ What struck me about this sentence is how the gamer is dually connected with his physical form by using his fingertips to manipulate his digital self yet in his mind, he is another person in a virtual world where he is so immersed that he hardly moves.
I experimented with double exposures in a previous module, pairing up contemporary portraits of Somalis living in Bristol and portraits taken in the 19th century of Somalis in Cardiff.
I did enjoy the exercise but didn’t feel like it was fully fleshed out as I couldn’t decide which image would be the dominant image.
Possibilities of double exposures using prints and acrylic gel transfers on glass is something I would like to explore in the future.
If you are interested in seeing more of Mintio’s work, check out her website below: