MARISSA SEAN CRUZ // BILLED-A-BEAR ʕ´•ᴥ•`ʔ

Installation Info

BILLED-A-BEAR ʕ´•ᴥ•`ʔ is a video installation that satirizes the ever-widening popularity of non-fungible tokens (known as NFTs) and their value in the art market. This work remixes the capitalist jargon, authentication practices, and digital branding surrounding NFTs in comparison to the white-hot Beanie Baby resale market. The video looks at bear symbolism in culture and media—a commonly reproduced form seen in toys, television, video games, books, and candy. This work critiques originality, progressiveness, and e-commerce platforms as contextualized in a time of rapid digital reproduction under capitalism.

 

Bio

Marissa Sean Cruz (they/them) is a digital multimedia and video performance artist from Kjipuktuk (so-called Halifax). Their experimental videos use 3D modeling, sound design, and costumed performances to study identity and value systems. Remixes of pop culture and commercialized products are synthesized in the creation of alternative narratives. These humorous works aim to process a fast-paced contemporary present and envision possible utopian futures.