Pinky Swear, We’d Never Leak Your Nudes

by Katie Gavin

Web artist Molly Soda erases the line between artifice and sincerity, and the fluctuating boundaries of 21st century social media performance art
I’ve been watching Molly Soda through a window, but she knows this and she does not mind at all. In fact, Molly Soda is watching herself along with me. There are four Molly Sodas in total for me, free for me to zero in on in my leisure, each one uniquely depicting a sort of private moment during her trip to her birthplace, Puerto Rico. She's here spending time with her family (but also time alone, as it appears), and for me, all of these moments are occurring simultaneously on her NewHive page. The total effect of the sounds, and the movements, is over-stimulation. Three different songs rub against each other in a discordant contrast of desire and disgust (editor's note: the desire and disgust are projected by the artist, and towards the artist, via her "selfie videos"). Through one window I watch Molly Soda dancing to Madonna, mouthing the words to “Burning Up," biting her lip as she slides her hands across her shorts. In turn, I experience a strange sense of pride in how genuinely cute Molly efforts to appear. It is a rare breed of cute; it is Fabienne in bed, telling Butch about how she wants a pot belly, how she would wear a shirt two sizes to small to accentuate it. It is a woman finding herself attractive, and an assertion that that is enough. (Editor's note: Fabienne and Butch refer to characters in Pulp Fiction, portrayed by Bruce Willis and Maria de Medeiros, respectively)

-- Katie Gavin composes and performs in MUNA, a dream pop band based in L.A.

Experience Molly Soda's NewHive at newhive.com/mollysoda/pretend

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Screenshot from "Pretend," (2015). NewHive.

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Screenshot from "Pretend," (2015). NewHive.

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Screenshot from "Pretend," (2015). NewHive.

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Screenshot from "Pretend," (2015). NewHive.

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Screenshot from "Pretend," (2015). NewHive.

 

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