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 8, Friday April 22: re-performance and re-visiting the scripting - research collaborator: Ilya Noé

performance art, researchPosted by Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen Thu, May 19, 2016 14:15:42
The last day of the processual scripting invited performance artist Ilya Noé to re-perform and reflect on the process so far. The day began with Madsen retelling the process of the week, going through the material from all the days and the performances; connecting these to other documents from the archive. While Madsen was talking, Noé noted down and drew the process on a big piece of paper on the floor in the space. Visitors came into the space and witnessed this process.

After going through the actions and performances of the whole week, Madsen and Noé took out certain elements from the scripting and created a new score to be performed on this last day, consisting of actions based on events from the week. Suddenly certain objects introduced to the process by visitors became central and highlighted, while others were not used at all.

This score was to be first performed by Ilya Noé, then later by Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen, re-interpretating and concluding the process, based on the actions of Noé. This re-performance of the re-performance were documented and is to be used for another re-performance later on, where Noé will do another re-performance of the re-performance, based on Madsen's actions.

Important for the process is the fact that Noé did not witness any of the performances during the week, she only has the knowledge of this through images, performance remains and the retelling from Madsen. Additionally when Noé will re-perform the piece again, she will do this based on video documentation only, since she was not to be present at Madsen's re-performance. This way the re-performance is performed by the artist, who conceptualized the performance and was in the whole process and through an artist who did not witness anything live, but retold through accounts and documentation. This gives an extra layer of interpretation as well as it discusses the information provided through documentation.

Ilya Noé performing the Re-performance
Photo: Malte Steiner.

Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen performing The Re-performance of The Re-performance
Photo: Malte Steiner.