IT’S A MATCH
by Jocelyn Yan
Created by CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery) technologies, “IT’S A MATCH” is a parody of a short-lived, queer romance based from online dating experiences, namely Tinder.
The short film exists in a world where queer spaces to connect with others are exclusively available online, only to be sponsored by the simultaneous gamification of online dating and constant surveillance and data collection. In this metaverse, there is no physicality of the “body”, only fluid identities rendered into pixels.
Viewed through the lens in which technology can be both an emancipatory and oppressive tool for queer and trans bodies, “IT’S A MATCH” seeks to question how quickly we are to trust technologies, yet exist at the fringes of these institutions.
JOCELYN YAN (USA, 1992) IS A THE HAGUE-BASED, MULTIMEDIA ARTIST WHOSE WORKS RANGE FROM PHOTOGRAPHY TO VIDEO ART. GROUNDED BY TIBETAN BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHIES, THEY ARE INSPIRED BY THE ABSURDITIES AND HUMOROUS IRONIES OF ‘REALITY’—TRANSFORMING AND FICTIONALIZING SCENES FROM EVERYDAY BANALITIES TO NONLINEAR EPISODES OF KARMIC PHENOMENONS. JOCELYN EXAMINES MOMENTS OF COLLECTIVE HAPPINESS AND DESPAIR THROUGH THE LENS OF POST-REPRESENTATIONAL TECHNOLOGIES, SUCH AS SURVEILLANCE, VIDEO GAMES, AND SOCIAL MEDIA. THROUGH THEIR WORK, JOCELYN SUBVERTS THE POWER AND FUNCTIONALITY OF THESE TECHNOLOGIES BY CELEBRATING FAILURE AS THE ULTIMATE STRATEGY FOR REBIRTH.