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Shahryar Nashat’s Present Sore

Shahryar Nashat’s new video is a composite portrait of the 21st-century body—a synthetic form whose sensuality is mediated by substances both organic and fabricated: clothes, prosthetic technologies, pharmaceuticals, and money. Recalling Marcel Broodthaers’s ongoing inquiry into the use of the term “figure” (which Broodthaers would simply abbreviate to the indexical “fig.”), Present Sore combines rapid editing techniques, a discordant soundtrack composed of myriad digitized sources, and a video presented in 9:16 format—the now ubiquitous portrait format for all handheld devices. (2016, video, 9 minutes)