Body Interfaces

Body Interfaces

Body Interfaces research

This blog is an ongoing update on the activities of the Body Interfaces artistic research project.
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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.

Day 2, Saturday April 16: Sound - research collaborator: Malte Steiner

performance art, researchPosted by Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen Sun, April 17, 2016 12:33:22
The second day of the scripting had a focus on sound, since this has been to a higher degree an important factor for the research. The resonance of the body with stones and other materials has now been an incorporated part of Body Interfaces.

The second day also introduced the first official research collaborator, the sound and media artist Malte Steiner, whom Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen has been working with since 2015. Madsen and Steiner have been doing sound performances and pieces under the name TMS since 2015 and were together in Seydisfjordur, Iceland for a residency in October and November 2015. On this residency Madsen was additionally working extensively on her Body Interfaces research in relation to sound.

The performance in Grüntaler9 started with a short purely analogue session with materials that the artists had found and worked with in Seydisfjordur: an old clock radio and three stones form Madsen's intervention at the Mountain Bjólfur. After this intro, the artists went to their electronic set-up with computer, synth, modular and pedals. A sound source was additionally inserted through a Pure Data patch: A sound that Madsen had created out of one of her session with the sound of stones and the resonance of a space, also from Seydisfjordur.

The TMS set-up at Grüntaler9. Photo: Malte Steiner

TMS performance