Bored by the «hyper-idealized» and hetero-normative imagery on social media, new forms of digital body identities are developing. The interest is no longer in conforming to a single, given body ideal, but experimenting with the limits of one's own body. It creates a new aesthetic, which is characterized by extraordinary and irritating creatures. Not only does the shape of the body play relevance in this progression, the spirituality and questioning the identity are topics that also get referenced in this new way of expressing oneself. The human is seen as a supernatural being that can grow beyond his own capabilities. Exaggeration, transgression, inversion and transformation are strategies that are used to create new identity designs that are beyond the normative body image.
The strategies that are used to distort and change the aesthetic and shape of your body are heavily influenced by a deep rooted knowledge of the countless theories and hypotheses of the grotesque body.
Russian literature scientist Michail Bachtin’s theory is one of the most important and well-known one. Until today, it influences a lot of designers and artists, including Alexander McQueen and Leigh Bowery. His theory of the grotesque body has been passed on over the years and is unconsciously affecting our perception of the unusual body and how we define it. Generally speaking, anything that appears strange or unknown to us, or does not correspond to a «normal» body shape, is directly associated with an unusual and grotesque body.
The visual anthology «BIZARRE BODIES» gathers, locates and presents new body identities from face-mutation to torso-transformation.
Using text, video, and images collected from different artsits on Instagram, the website offers an initial selection of the subject of «Digital Shapes and Identities» arranged in the following twelve categories: