The OTHERNESS series came to life from reading about a man called Cangjie, a mythological figure in ancient China, who, as the legend goes, invented the Chinese logogram characters. According to folklore, he had four eyes with four pupils. Fascinated with the idea of how society would respond to someone with multiplied facial features, Stockenstroom began to mould the alternate beings that presented themselves.
Envisioning different people in one body, different voices of the other-selves, OTHERNESS reflects on the various ways technology allows us to present and project multiple identities on multiple social platforms. Allowing us to be in several different dimensions with others, who are also choosing to produce other versions of themselves, either with applications that improve, efface, or partially obscure their identity. Stockenstroom’s work exaggerates the merging of fact and fiction and underlines the altered social face we have become accustomed to presenting in this highly digitized era.