"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.
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).
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
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.
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).
Mariane Krogh Madsen (DK)
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
Part 2. is a performance in the Flandernbunker, activating and
re-contextualixing materials collected on the walk.
(site.hacking) is a workshop
that centers around
the possibilities of
urban space through
performance practices and
its functions through
the use of the body and
its relation to site and
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
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.
Below is the paper abstract and slides from the presentation:
Krogh Madsen: Body Interfaces – Contesting Agency
an artistic performance
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
Interfaces is inscribed
in the body's relation to the world and the actions that it partakes,
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
as a crucial part of experiencing and sensing in everyday life,
and with the body.
relational space also existing outside, but still in relation to
two entities interact, where the threshold of the two begins and ends
the interface as
condition that deals with these entities in interaction and
faces" and "a facing between" (Hookway,
is an important component of
body and the senses
are connected to
a critical reflection and reading of
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,
This way of mapping spaces gives a
contemporary narratives as a part of the interfacing process, a
critical relational practice that
potentially can deconstruct structures
on various levels.
interface is here
a site of contestation, both
in relation to actual materialities, but also in its relation to the
surrounding environment and society
not neutral ground, it
ideological instrument for
us to use (Lippard,
1997), where space
our interaction with it (Lefebvre,
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
the historical and political notions and relations inscribed into
the site, where the Body
materiality, site specificity, performance art, contestation,
Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen, paper presentation and final panel discussion: Lluís Anyó, César Escudero, Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen, moderated by Jara Rocha.
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).