INVISIBLE CITY – TECHNOLOGIES OF THE BODY, (2012)
Wäscherei Kunstwerein Zurich, Switzerland.
Porcelaine, textile & projection.
In this project, I explore the relation between the body (organs), architecture (structure) and shadows (textures). I twisted porcelain in different textured pieces of clothes. Then I installed it with a low-tech projection made of two lamps covered with sweaters.
This project was inspired from two illustrations: one from Herbert Bayer, “Human Bone Structure Compared with Architectural Structures”, 1933 (a study between shadow, bones and buildings) and a second from Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, “Die Mekanik der Muskelbewegung”, 1670 (a study about the mechanic of the muscles.)
Porcelaine, vêtements et projections (lampes).
Dans ce projet, j’explore la relation entre le corps (organes), l’architecture (structures) et l’ombre (les textures). Le projet est inspiré de deux illustrations : l’une d’Herbert Bayer, Human Bone Structure Compared with Architectural Structures (1933) explorant la relation entre le squelette et l’architecture et l’autre de Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, Die Mekanik der Muskelbewegung (1670) est une étude de la mécanique des muscles.
Oh, yes, as we all know: It’s a process! It’s a construct! It’s not natural! In search of his impossible naturalness Antonin Artaud exclaimed: “Only the human body can be everything.”
The point of departure of this exhibition project is the technologies of the city in their interrelation with the technologies of the body – a body that is submitted to the same processes of gentrification, urban planning and their modulations, as well as to the utopian potential of the imaginary in the context of the virtual as conceived by Antonio Negri. This leads us to investigate and reflect on the relation between visibility and invisibility, between mind and body, between language and power apparatus, and how the arrangement of space is to be utilized for political and economic ends which never end in the bioeconomic spatio-temporal relations shaping the forms of body politics and the politics of space. We look for the traces of the aesthetic implications of crises, birth control, the reproductive system, biopolitics, the environment, social milieu, geopolitics, epistemology, the problem of housing, habitus and urbanism in relation to how becoming-population and planned control are applied to working-class families, migration or the notion of inappropriate sexuality.
This concept of the city recurs in an eternal return, opening an ontological view onto the body, and with its artificial light and structures remains rooted in the bosom of the Platonic myth of the cave.
Text from Dimitrina Sevova