"The body as interface" is an artistic concept and research 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 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.
date: June 15. 2017 // Closing date: June 22. 2017
// the first durational graphic notation will be created in the
installation space 20h
to the installation and its processes by the artist.
hours: June 16-18: 16-20 (from
16-18h the artist will do a durational notation in the back
(from 15-17h the artist will do a durational notation in the back
16h-18h the artist will do the last durational notation and
be presented in
sound installation Body Resonance originates
from Tina Mariane Krogh
Madsen’s extensive Body Interfaces performance work. The
research deals with the threshold condition of the body in
interaction with specific places and environments, creating a
critical interaction and engagement. Body Resonance takes very
literate the direct confrontation between the structural elements of
the space and the body, where the soundscape is a recording of the
artists body slamming into the walls and floors of an echoing empty
space, created in the Hof Art Studio at the Skálar Sound Art
Residency in Seyðisfjörður (IS), November 2015. The sounds of both
the flesh of the body hitting the surfaces, its echoes, as well as
the silent passages in-between, create a composition based on
movement, intensity, and anticipation. In the installation, the
recorded sound is installed, played and relocated in the empty
frontal space of Liebig12, with only a transcript of the actions as a
guide for the listener.
space of Liebig12 will only be inhabited by the play-back of the
sounds recorded, giving the visitors the opportunity to create their
own connections, with a given choice to read the transcribed notated
actions together with the sounds or simply just listen to the sounds
A crucial part of
Madsen’s work is to rework and recreate performative processes. The
artist will therefore do
a durational processual
notation responding to her
own body sounds of the
installation for 2 hours
every day in the back space
of Liebig12. The
front space and the back space will be visually separated, to give
the installation its own space and the artist working in response to
the sounds an additionally own concentrated space. Total sonic
separation is, however, not possible, nor intended. During this
action the sound of the notation will fusion together with the body
sounds of the installation, and thus create a new site-specific
soundscape and mode of expression.
actions are available on site as a printed artist booklet.
Krogh Madsen: Body Interfaces: 10.1.1 100 Continue, performance at the Sofia Underground International Performance Art Festival,
28.04.2017 at the electro-control room at the National Palace of
Culture, Sofia (BG)
“The (body) may continue with its
request. This interim response is used to inform the (body) that the
initial part of the request has been received and has not yet been
rejected by the (mind). The (body) SHOULD continue by sending the
remainder of the request or, if the request has already been
completed, ignore this response. The (mind) MUST send a final
response after the request has been completed.” >
Body Interfaces is an artistic
performance research by Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen that combines
working with the body and (as) materiality in the tradition of
site-specific performance art with an understanding of the body
derived through a methodology coming from technology. The interface
in Body Interfaces is inscribed in the body's relation to the
environment and the actions that it partakes in, with the body as an
embodied technology in itself. It is a proposition to go beyond the
mere body/machine dichotomy, the traditionally known Human Computer
Interface and the contemporary more ubiquitous interface approach
still depending on computer hardware and software. Instead the
research aims at a representation and understanding of the interface
as a crucial part of experiencing and sensing in everyday life,
through and with the body. We now engage with the world, with our
body as also technology that interfaces and activates relations
through everyday practices.
Body Interfaces thus researches in the
physical sensations and meeting points that the body has with the
surroundings, inspired by tools and methods coming from studying the
body in technology with the concept of the interface as its main
focus point. For the Sofia Underground Performance Art Festival the
HTML command '100 Continue' is rewritten into a performance score to
be performed with the body. The structure and the duration of the
piece is nailed down to be a total of 10 acts of each 10 minutes
duration, a divided sum that in total also equals 100 minutes. The
performance thus deals with how time is structured by a principle,
here both through the command line as well as the given parameter of
the instruction chosen by the performer. Time will in this way be a
central element in the structure of the piece, as well as it is an
important part of the protocol controlling the performance.
Site-specificity is an essential part of
the Body Interfaces research. The site is the departure point and
data-feeder for the performances, where the senses become important
catalysts for the interaction with the site as a vital part of the
interfacing process. Body Interfaces wish to challenge and
incorporate formats and terminologies inherent from technology and
scientific practices; creating a DIY, open and analogue approach to
these. The data collected through the actions will be notated on site
as a part of the performance as a live scripting act.
Interfaces – site-hacking: critical urban performance practice
Place: Goethe Institut Bulgaria, Budapeshta St. 1, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
call for participation.
workshop will be held in English and is open to all levels, but
please send a line about your previous experience with performance
art, so the workshop can be planned the best way possible. Duration 3
hours on a selected location in Sofia.
Body Interfaces workshop centers around the possibilities of analyzing and recapturing urban
space through performance practices and thus hacking its normative
functions through the
use of the body and its relation to site and environment. The
workshop will explore territories,
observe and intervene! Time will be used as a central element in
structuring the form
of the interventions as well as time is connected to the way the body
will use movement in
urban space. Referring to the method of Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen's
Body Interfaces research, the body will be used as a data-gathering
tool to explore places and interact with these. It introduces spatial
theory and tactical intervention practices, where the body will be a
technological tool that
can be used as a critical instrument. In the area where the workshop
will take place initial hierarchies
and power structures will be deconstructed through physical
engagement with the selected
site, facilitating a type of data-mining with the body.
workshop will be in three parts:
Introduction to the method and to critical spatial practices.
Observation and registration – uncovering how the site is used,
what is its characteristics
and how is it systematized.
Intervention – how can we as performers hack into the use and the
structure of space and
create critical situations and potentially disrupt the use and the
thought of space and
If you are interested to participate, contact us on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Performance at the sea-coast in Bergen, the Mill (NO)
the performance intervention at Piksel 2016, Body Interfaces will be
used to challenge and work with the scientific concept of “zero-level
the sea-level), used to map
surfaces in topography.
The departure point will be a site specific
intervention on a selected area nearby
in Bergen. This method
will be challenged
as a performance concept and
to gather information from
the Body Interfaces
The data collected
will be notated on site as a part of the performance as
well as samples will be gathered for further use.
The performance will
challenge scientific methods and concepts as well as introduce new
ways to structure and collect
information, where chance and failure are accepted conceptions
performance art, researchPosted by Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen Fri, October 28, 2016 18:30:06 Week three started with interventions at the harbour side of Aarhus. The first was performed at a construction site next to the new architectonic structure of Dokk 1. This area has an interesting clash between open accessible space and restricted building site. This additionally seems to be a symbol of Aarhus changing, where the industrial harbour site of Aarhus now is transformed into architectonic monuments in steel and glass. I therefore found this site would as an interesting place to create the first Body Interfaces urban intervention in Aarhus, to point out the above mentioned parameters and deal with the more critical aspects of site specific performance practices.
Saturday October 29., I will again be at the harbour moving between Dokk1 and Østbanetorvet / Aarhus Ø more interventions, these will run throughout the afternoon.
performance art, researchPosted by Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen Fri, October 28, 2016 18:24:03 The first Body Interfaces interventions from October 16 to 27 were all a continuation of the performance at the opening, where the space and the spatial qualities of Spanien 19C were researched and registered through various actions.
The Spanien 19C floor structure reminds me of stone structures that I have seen in nature, in Iceland and I therefore found it interesting to re-contextualize these through two different actions:
1) The structure of the floor was thoroughly registered via imprints
done by pressing parts of the body, mainly arm, here elbow, against a
big rolled out piece of paper. The action resulted in a restructured paper and an elbow where the skin was peeled off. The parameters and threshold of this process was afterwards scripted on one of the big rolls of paper in the installation.
2) The re-contextualization was further highlighted through the placement of a enlarged photo of volcanic rock structures placed on the floor of Spanien 19C as an installed element.
The characteristic red brick walls of Spanien 19C was additionally investigated and registered by small actions through movement. These was carefully sensing the structures. As with the floor intervention, these were also scripted on the big rolled out piece of paper hanging on the wall in the installation.
Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen's opening Body Interfaces performance “Three Spatial
Acts” took departure in the space of Spanien 19C, where the relation between the body and certain spatial characteristics were explored. Cross references between previous performances and interventions were here crucial, where also the inclusion of the installation of documentation (as format) became a reference point.
Exhibition period: October 15. to
November 6. 2016
Opening hours: Thursday-Sunday from 13.00 to
17.00. There will be additional opening hours for events, see
Location: Spanien 19C, Kalkværksvej 5A, 8000 Aarhus C,
Interfaces // Body as Interface is a site-specific performative
installation, a spatial activation of Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen's
extensive research in Body Interfaces, which is using a terminology
coming from technology in a site-specific performance and
intervention-based practice. This embodies the concept of 'interface'
through analog interactions with the environment, creating a feedback
loop between the body and site. The body as interface is here read as
a transmitting entity, which deals with the relationship between the
body, surrounding surfaces and the environment.
installation in the exhibition space Spanien 19C takes the form of a
laboratory that develops through its duration; it is a performative
project that regards the presentation format as a performance in
itself. It is additionally a reflection on the use of archive and
documentation in performance art, used as a catalyst for generating
new works and processes as well as it reflects on the use of notation
and instruction as a form of live coding and activation
During the duration of the installation the
artist will be present and activate the lab, where new Body
Interfaces research will be generated during the opening hours of the
exhibition space. The presentation and installation in Spanien19C is
part of an ongoing investigation of formats, where it is showing
materials from previous performances and interventions as well as it
develops these processes further in dialogue with the unique space of
Spanien 19C. During the installation there will be a number of events
related to the project's research field: Body Interfaces
performances, concerts and invited guests in a dialogue and
discussion about interfaces in theory and practice.
in the cityscape of Aarhus is a crucial a part of the data-gathering
process of the project. These interventions will take place at 12.00
noon on selected days, where locations and dates will be published
here on this site.
13.00 and onwards, in the opening hours of the exhibition space, the
artist will return to the Body Interface lab with the collected data
from the interventions, which will be reworked in the installation
The first interventions and performances under
the title Body Interfaces were developed during an artist residency
in Iceland at the Fljótstunga Travelfarm in the spring of 2015 and
later adapted to the urban context of the 'open source' festival
Electropixel in Nantes, France (2015). During another two-month stay
in Iceland in the frame of the Skálar Artist Residency in
Seydisfjordur (2015), sound was further included in the research in
collaboration with media and sound artist Malte Steiner. In addition,
Madsen presented and performed her research in the Wolfart
Projectspace in Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2016), and as a part of
Atelierhaus im Anscharpark's Crossover project in Kiel, Germany
(2016). The first performative Body Interfaces installation took
place in the performance space Grüntaler9 in Berlin, Germany (2016),
in an intense eight-day 'performative scripting', where invited
performers reactivated material from previous Body Interfaces
performances and interventions as well as Madsen daily performed in
the space. Body Interfaces was also presented at the Interface
International Conference in Barcelona, Spain (2016) organized by BAU
School of Design and Hangar.org.
Mariane Krogh Madsen is a Danish Artist, Art Historian and Curator.
She has worked with conceptual and performative practices since 1999
and has a Master of Arts in Art History from Aarhus University, with
a strong focus on media and networked art. Madsen is currently based
in Berlin, Germany.
15/10/2016 at 15.00 to
17.00: Opening of the installation with a Body Interfaces performance
by Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen
30/10/2016 at 13.00 to 16.00:
The body as Interface, performances and panel discussions around the
topic of critical interfaces with invited guests: Associate Professor
and interface researcher Søren Bro Pold (Aarhus University); the
Spanish media- and interface artist Joana Moll via Skype
more TBA. The event will be held in English.
20.00 to 23.00: Concert and performance evening with the theme Body
Resonance, a collaboration between Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen and the
German electronic musician and media artist Malte Steiner. This
evening will feature three different concerts and performances by
Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen, Elektronengehirn (Steiner,
and TMS (Steiner & Madsen, http://tms.tmkm.dk).
Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen is a Danish artist, curator and researcher based in Berlin, Germany. TMKM holds a MA in Art History from Aarhus University (DK) and is a graduate from College of Arts Crafts and Design in Nørresundby (DK).