We can now propose the following distinction: the face is part of a surface-holes, holey surface, system. /.../ The face is a surface: facial traits, lines, wrinkles; long face, square face, triangular face; the face is a map, even when it is applied to and wraps a volume, even when it surrounds and borders cavities that are now no more than holes.
– Deleuze & Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus
Holey Surface is an entry point into a long-lasting artistic research FaceOrFactory. The modular installation, designed specifically to consume the viewer - who, by signing a consent, agrees to become a part of the project and, potentially, the corporation itself, - serves as a collecting and archival sculpture of DNA samples and scans. Holey Surface is designed as a first plug-in satellite project of an artistic system, created for critical exploration and formulation of new models of subjectivity in the era of technological hypercapitalism.
Holey Surface’s conceptual and visual drive is primarly inspired by the Veil of Veronica and the writings of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. The Veil of Veronica, or Sudarium (Latin for sweat-cloth) is a Christian relic consisting of a piece of cloth said to bear an image of the Holy Face of Jesus produced by other than human means (an acheiropoieton, "made without hand"). The veil, possessing the Grace of God, has been said to quench thirst, cure blindness, and even raise the dead. The installation is thus consciously varying between exploration of the face as a cultural icon, molded by specific (holy) iconography, structures of knowledge, power and strategies of representation in western history and contemorary society; and a process of defacialization, as conceptualised by Deleuze – a mutated, decoded, unfixed, porous mass of genetic and morphological information that is yet to be tactially transformed into the monstrous entity of FaceOrFactory.
Holey Surface represents a birthing satellite for faciality and the mass of data which will be archived and used for exploring the possibilites of mutated faciality in contemporary society.