Body Interfaces: Urban Interruption Transmission – Translation – Dialogue – Agency – Interaction – Interface “The body as interface” is an artistic concept that comes out of a long research in body-based performance practices, site specific art and technology. The project has a very expansive interpretation and definition of the terminology of “interface” and aims to take the combination of body – interface to a wider understanding, as a relational space between two entities, concerning the aspects of bringing together two parts, as well as separating them, being a threshold condition for the two. The research is inspired by the architect Brandon Hookway’s definition of interface as both something that is “between faces and facing between”, as a complex relation with both an inward orientation as well as having an exteriority that projects itself forward and beyond itself. The research combines working with the body and (as) materiality in the tradition of site specific performance art combined with a newer understanding of the body that we have derived through our use of technology and its terminology. The project will benefit from the methodology of technology and not use technology as such; it will research in the physical sensations and meeting points that the body has with the surroundings, inspired by tools required from studying the body in technology with the concept of the interface as a main focus point. The interventions deals with the body as interface for experience, communication in relation to other materialities and the environment that surrounds and interact with these. The interface is here read as a transmitting entity and agency between the body and the surrounding surfaces; translating signals through interaction in and with the environment. The concept of body interfacing will for Electropixel take site specific departure in the surrounding area of La Fabrique (the festival site) and will be created specific for this context. A part of the process is to in advance, before the festival, to gain access to information about the site from the organizers, and from this dialogue to be able to create a site specific intervention for the festival, on an in advance chosen location around the festival area. The intervention will be relating to Electropixel as an event-space., its concept and theme and to the architecture and urban surroundings of the festival. The intervention will take approximately 15 minutes. The intervention is purely analogue and sees the body as DIY hardware, which is performing instructions-based actions. In this sense the body is seen as technology and through the concept of technology.
Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen is a Danish, Berlin-based independent artist researcher and curator, who works in the intersection between performance art and media. She hold a Master of Arts in Art History from Aarhus University (DK) as well as having an education from the College of Arts Crafts and Design in Nørresundby (DK), where she began studying performance art in 1999. Madsen’s research deals with theory as well as practice and how these can intertwine as inseparable entities. The main focus points of her work and research are: performative practices, post-humanism and genders studies, internet-based art and networked performance, site specificity, system aesthetics and open technology. As a curator, she conceptualized and curated the exhibition-platform for internet art Net.Specific for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde (DK) as well as other events related to media art and performance art. She additionally lectures in Curating on the Web for Node Center for Curatorial Studies, Berlin.
photo crédits : Xoel Freire