From May 6 to 14, a transdisciplinary group of researchers gathers at Akademie Schloss Solitude to collaboratively activate an inventory of software, games, animations, concepts, artworks and digital documents. This activation happens through software performance, collective reading, bug reporting, and disobedient action research.
The project starts from the very concrete and at the same time fictional entities that »bodies« are. What are the material conditions of possibility that render them present? This question becomes especially pertinent in contact with the performative as well as representational practices of 3D-scanning, modeling and printing that shape the industrial production of imaginaries within the military, gamer, cinematic and pharmapornographic complex.
Possible Bodies interrogates the corpo-realities and their orientation through parametric interfaces and looks at anatomies that are computationally constrained by the requirements of mesh-modeling. It invites the generation of experimental renderings, wild combinations and digital and non-digital prototypes for different embodiments.
On Friday, May 12, the inventory will be opened up to the public with a workshop, guided tours and performative lectures:
10 am–1 pm
Hands-on workshop – Sina Seifee, Brussels (interdisciplinary artist working in the field of computer art, writing, drawing and performance)
Guided tour I / The Biovision Hierarchy Format – Adva Zakai, Brussels (choreographer and performer, interested in appearances and disappearances of the body: from private to public, from physical to digital and virtual) & Femke Snelting, Brussels (artist, designer, developing projects at the intersection of design, feminism and Free Software)
Guided tour II / lecture – Helen Pritchard, London (artist, researcher, bringing together the fields of computational aesthetics, software studies, environmental practice, feminist technoScience and new feminist materialisms)
Guided tour III / performance – Mar Medina, Barcelona (dancer, performer, somatic researcher) & Jara Rocha, Barcelona (cultural mediator, doing research and text logistics on the materialities of present cultures)
7 pm Drinks
Possible Bodies is initiated by Jara Rocha and Femke Snelting. With: Maike Klein, Phil Langley, Maximilian Lehner, Mar Medina, Simone C. Niquille, Tirso Orive, Helen Pritchard, Sina Seifee, Sophie-Charlotte Thieroff, Wendy Van Wynsberghe, François Zajéga, Adva Zakai.
The event will be held in English. Admission is free. Place are limited. Please register until May 5, 2017 via e-mail to Luzi Gross, firstname.lastname@example.org, + 49 (0) 711 99619 134
The event takes place as part of the 15th anniversary of the art, science & business program of Akademie Schloss Solitude and was developed by fellow Femke Snelting as part of her research period at the Akademie in 2015.
This iteration of Possible Bodies is made possible with support from Akademie Schloss Solitude and the Flemish Government.