Carla Gannis is an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, New York. She produces works that consider the uncanny complications between grounded and virtual reality, nature and artifice, science and science fiction in contemporary culture. Fascinated by digital semiotics, Gannis takes a horror vacui approach to her artistic practice, culling inspiration from networked communication, art and literary history, emerging technologies and speculative design. @carlagannis / carlagannis.com
About: GoldenShower3 (2021) is an adaptation of a 4K video work (incorporating a physical representation of the artist herself) and an augmented reality work (using an avatar representation of the artist) from 2016 entitled Golden Shower. In this Web3 version of the work, Gannis presents the video version of corporeal "Carla" next to the "virtual" version of herself in a diptych. Both hold a smartphone in their hands, and on the screen is an image from an ancient Greek vase depicting the myth of Danaë. According to the myth, Zeus came to Danaë in a shower of gold and (it can be presumed) had non-consensual sex with her. There were serious ramifications, as she then gave painful birth to the half human/half god Perseus. In this adaptation of the 2016 work, Bitcoin has been replaced with Ethereum, and “Carla” and “Carla” experience the cognitive dissonance of this “mythic” shower of gold. Who knows how this tale will end? Both panels are presented on a background pattern that is the result of the artist’s training, with an Ethereum image dataset, of an AI GANs algorithm.