Our facial structures, fingerprints and irises are physical symbols of our identity, labelled scientifically as biometric data. With modern technological developments, we use biometrics as security measures in accessing and securing our digital devices. In the same regard, these forms of data act as symbols for social and political security when crossing borders, utilised through our passports and governmental systems.
Having our personal identification as data in such a manner allows us access to the world - either digitally through our phones or physically through travel; a virtual world and a real world. Yet in today's political and capitalist climate, alongside advancements in technology and growing sociological needs, it is our mobile devices that provide us with an easier, faster and more reliable way to access the world, compared to the constantly shifting and closing borders of our lands that make travelling more of a hindrance.
Our identity is becoming less global, and more so within ourselves: at our fingertips.
The World is at Your Fingertips as a project tries not to suggest that a virtual experience of the world is a replacement of our world in reality. However, I do want the audience to consider how our perception of the world could be affected by these two different types of access and how this can be further ‘enhanced’ by the powers that control.
Marcus Thurman is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher, exploring the synergetic relationship between Photography, Society, Technology and Perception.
His most recent project, The World is at Your Fingerprints, is a body of work based in the aforementioned themes, yet focussed more upon our access to the world in an age of digital identity and biometric security.
Marcus is currently in the early stages of developing a new project. He is looking into the idea that the contemporary experience of photography is potentially an embodied, performative one, mediated by both culture and commerce but questions where the agency lies and the future effect of this upon the medium itself.
The way in which Marcus works, and also how he represents himself as an artist, is more of a constant thinker who works creatively. It is only when connections reveal themselves through constant research does Marcus then curate these ideas into a synthesised, concurrent project.
Alongside creative projects, Marcus engages in academic writing, taking opportunities to submit papers and talks to a wide variety of publications and conferences. Most recently (in January 2020), he spoke about his ongoing project, Matter Materiality, at the monthly Photocafé event, ran by GRAIN projects.