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.

Body Interfaces: A Processual Scripting at Grüntaler9 in Berlin

performance art, researchPosted by Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen Sun, April 17, 2016 11:57:15
Body Interfaces: A Processual Scripting is a performative installation generated by Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen over the duration of one week. It wishes to raise questions regarding the role of documentation in artistic research, its status and how it can feed into other processes.

In the spatial frames of Grüntaler9 the artist will be intensively working with and redeveloping her own concept of an archive and resources based on the documents and remains from previous performances and interventions, which will additionally be resulting in other performance structures.

The installation is in an ongoing process that can be witnessed everyday from 2-8pm. On selected days there will be guests invited to discuss and perform with the artist in the space.

Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen’s research works with the body and (as) materiality via combining understandings of it that are derived from site-specific performance art and from working with technology.

A crucial part of this research takes the form of interventions and performances, collectively titled Body Interfaces, first generated during a residency in Iceland (May, 2015) and since then developed and performed in various contexts, constantly challenging their own format and method. These practices deal with the body as interface for experience and communication in relation to other materialities as well as the environment that surrounds and interacts with these. The interface is here read as a transmitting entity and agency between the body and the surrounding surfaces. An important part of Body Interfaces is its own documentation, in various formats, shapes and scripted entities.

Performative schedule for April 15. to 22.:

The processual installation is open daily from 14:00 until 20:00 and can be witnessed at all time. The processual scripting has a dynamic approach to the space and therefore the installation will arrive and evolve throughout the days, nothing has been in installed in advance – all is part of the process.

The research topic will be shared through performances and interventions as well as an ongoing reel of performance documentation.

Friday April 15: inauguration and installation:

- 14:00h - 19:00h: performative installation (working session)
- 20:00h - 20:30: Body Interfaces Performance
- from 21:00: Fridäy Süpperclüb (food and drinks by donation)

Saturday April 16: sound (research collaborator: Malte Steiner):
- 14:00h - 19:00h: performative installation (working session)
- 19:00h: sound performance

Sunday April 17: body and site (research collaborator: Nathalie Fari):
- 14:00 - 17:00: performative installation (working session)
- 17:00 - 20:00: performance interventions with Nathalie Fari

Monday April 18: archiving as practice / restructuring and re-contextualizing materials (research collaborator: Joel Verwimp):
14:00h - 20:00h: performative installation with performance interventions (working session)

Tuesday April 19: chance as method – invigorating performative structures:
- 14:00h - 20:00h: performative installation with performance interventions (working session)

Wednesday April 20: instruction: re-performance / transformation I (research collaborator: Aleks Slota):
- 14:00h - 20:00h: performative installation with performance interventions (working session)

Thursday April 21: ritual(s):
- 14:00h - 20:00h: performative installation with performance interventions (working session)

Friday April 22: instruction: re-performance / transformation II (research collaborator: Ilya Noé):
- 14:00h - 18:00h: performative installation with performance interventions
(working session)
- 20:00h: Body Interfaces Processual Scripting Resume
- from 21:00: Fridäy Süpperclüb (food and drinks by donation)


Location and details
Grüntale9: a space towards the performative
Grüntaler Straße 9
13357 Berlin,

The processual scripting is open everyday from 14h until 20h (on both Fridays longer)