Body Interfaces

Body Interfaces

Body Interfaces research


This blog is an ongoing update on the activities of the Body Interfaces artistic research project.
For portfolio, go to the project website: http://tmkm.dk/works/bodyinterfaces.html

Body Interfaces concept and method

"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.

Week three - interventions in Aarhus / urban space

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.

Week one and two - interventions in Spanien 19C

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.

Body Interfaces Research // Body As Interface, installation opening, Spanien 19C on October 15. 2016

performance art, researchPosted by Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen Sun, October 16, 2016 17:25:09
The Body Interfaces Research installation opened on October 15. at the Exhibition Space Spanien 19C in Aarhus (DK).

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.






Body Interfaces // Body As Interface, installation at the exhibition space Spanien 19C in Aarhus (DK)

performance art, researchPosted by Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen Wed, September 28, 2016 22:55:21
Opening: October 15. 2016 at 15.00

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 program.
Location: Spanien 19C, Kalkværksvej 5A, 8000 Aarhus C, www.spanien19c.dk

Body 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.

The 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 concept.

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.

Interventions 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.

From 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 context.

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 Politics 1st International Conference in Barcelona, Spain (2016) organized by BAU School of Design and Hangar.org.

Tina 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.

Event program:
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 (http://janavirgin.com/), more TBA. The event will be held in English.

5/11/2016 at 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, http://block4.com), and TMS (Steiner & Madsen, http://tms.tmkm.dk).


Download press release:

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In Danish:


stone/sound - floor/movement - video exhibited at Fata Morgana Galerie, Berlin (DE)

performance art, researchPosted by Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen Wed, September 28, 2016 22:54:39
The video documentation of the Body Interfaces experiment: stone/sound - floor/movement from Body Interfaces: A Processual Scripting and performed at Grüntaler9 in April 2016, was exhibited at the Fata Morgana Galerie in Berlin (DE) as a part of the Extant exhibition.



Fata Morgana Galerie
Torstrasse 170
Berlin, DE 10115
Opening September 15th
18:00 - 21:30
From September 15th - September 29th (Open from Wed - Sun by appointment)

Extant
adjective ex·tant \ˈek-stənt; ek-ˈstant, ˈek-ˌ\
in existence : still existing : not destroyed or lost

Curated by Keegan Luttrell

Artists:
Michelangelo Contini
Ida Koitila
Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen
Olga Tzikouli
Nuno Vicente

How do we reflect our existence through interventions with objects, materials and instances in order to pose questions about our own humanity? Extant looks at artists who are using their practice to understand not only our existence as a human race, but also how objects contain themselves through creating a sense of awareness and contradiction. Extant pushes beyond the threshold of what it is to know and embody, resulting in a contemplation of how we can contain what remains.

Spanning several mediums and forms, the artists of Extant bring matter out in the open by re-contextualizing the inherent nature and properties of the objects in play. The struggle between the overt and the covert is continuously taking place, procuring new methods of determining the validity of our existence.

http://www.fatamorganagalerie.com

Crossover, Kiel

performance art, researchPosted by Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen Wed, September 28, 2016 22:19:07
Methods from the Body Interfaces research was used in the two performances ccreated for the Crossover project initiated by Atelierhaus im Anscharpark in Kiel (DE).


Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen (DK)
Title: Borderland(s)

A reflection on how identity and sense of belonging can be projected into a place. The intention is to combine the experience of the here and now with the knowledge of history and how we process and recall historical information.

Part 1. is a silent performance walk in the mfg5 former military area.

Part 2. is a performance in the Flandernbunker, activating and re-contextualixing materials collected on the walk.

Materials: paper, pen, found objects.






Workshop at Electropixel #6, Nantes (FR)

performance art, researchPosted by Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen Wed, August 17, 2016 19:39:18

The workshop will take place on August 20. 2016 at 14h at Les Nefs, Ils de Nantes.

body.data.space (site.hacking)
is a workshop that centers around the possibilities of analyzing and recapturing urban space through performance practices and thus hacking its functions through the use of the body and its relation to site and environment. The workshop will explore territories, observe and intervene!

Using 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 the technological tool to use as a critical instrument. In the area where the workshop will take place initial hierarchies and power structures will be deconstructed through engaging with a selected site, data-mining with and through the body as a catalyst.

The workshop will be in three parts:

1. Introduction to the method and to critical spatial practices.
2. Observation and registration – uncovering how the site is used, what is its characteristics and how is it systematized.
3. 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 place.

The workshop will be held in English.
Duration 3 hours on a selected location in Nantes: Les Nefs.

Photo: Xoel Friere, Body Interfaces performance at Electropixel 2015


Body Interfaces: Contesting Agency, paper presentation at the Interface Politics conference in Barcelona, April 2016

performance art, researchPosted by Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen Wed, June 08, 2016 13:43:22
The Body Interfaces research is developing new theoretical and practical ground, to analyse and de-construct narratives through site-specific practices. To infiltrate and use the transformative potentials of performance to intervene and re-activate histories connected to the places and sites where the interventions take place.


For the Interface Politics conference held in Barcelona, Spain from April 27. to 29. 2016, Madsen will present her work as a critical performance practice, read through theoretical approaches to the topic.

The conference is organized by GREDITS (Design and Social Transformation Research Group) (from Bau, Design College of Barcelona), IMAGIT/BCN (European consortium for multidisciplinary research), of which HANGAR (Production and Research Centre for Visual Arts in Barcelona) is a member and the MEDIACCIONS Research Group from the Open University of Catalonia (UOC).

Below is the paper abstract and slides from the presentation:

Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen: Body Interfaces – Contesting Agency

Body Interfaces is an artistic performance research that combines working with the body and (as) materiality in the tradition of site specific performance art combined 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 world and the actions that it partakes, with the body as an embodied technology in itself. It is a proposition to go beyond the mere body / machine dichotomy to an understanding of the interface as a crucial part of experiencing and sensing in everyday life, through and with the body. As theorized by Branden Hookway, the interface is seen as culture, a relational space also existing outside, but still in relation to technology. Hookway describes how two entities interact, where the threshold of the two begins and ends with the interface as a liminal condition that deals with these entities in interaction and distinguishes the interface as a "between faces" and "a facing between" (Hookway, 2014).

Site-specificity is an important component of the research, where the body and the senses are connected to the chosen environment through the interfacing act and thus creating a critical reflection and reading of contemporary society. Paul Rodaway formulates how the representation of sensuous experience is connected to the culture where it is performed; how the body relates to the given space and time, being within and a part of the world (Rodaway, 1994). This way of mapping spaces gives a possibility to recreate contemporary narratives as a part of the interfacing process, a critical relational practice that potentially can deconstruct structures and hierarchies on various levels. The interface is here a site of contestation, both in relation to actual materialities, but also in its relation to the surrounding environment and society (Hookway, 2014). Space is in this context not neutral ground, it is an ideological instrument for us to use (Lippard, 1997), where space is socially constructed, which affects our interaction with it (Lefebvre, 1974). Additionally the way that we act in the environment, in which we are present, is structured and manipulated by strategies (of power), which can be acted upon through everyday spatial practices (de Certeau, 1984). The narratives of the interfaces thus become the historical and political notions and relations inscribed into the site, where the Body Interfaces interaction takes place.

Tags/ keywords: materiality, site specificity, performance art, contestation, sensuous experience



Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen, paper presentation and final panel discussion: Lluís Anyó, César Escudero, Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen, moderated by Jara Rocha.

All photos: Malte Steiner

Slides from the presentation (in pdf)


Interface Politics conference website










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