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Reclaiming the alienated Self

2017

Dissertation, MA Art and Science, Central Saint Martins.  Published in the LABS Database

Abstract:
The unpredictable shift from the natural world to the (digital) technological sphere confronts body and mind with a variety of new challenges. A lack of physical sensations, loss of identity and increasing self-awareness lead to isolation and alienation. Although neurological researchers are only beginning to understand the relation of mind and body, technological inventions are offered to the conditioned consumer who commits to alterations. Critical voices perceive the postdigital era as an awake nightmare that urgently requires models by which human being can live in balance with technology. Returning to past handworks and somatic practices, such as contemporary dance could treat man- made damages, yet reclaiming the self demands an examination of man-made failure and a collective solution. My work involves the interdisciplinary collaboration with contemporary dancers and handworkers, where I analyse the importance of habitual mind-, body- and groupwork through workshops and personal experiences. Furthermore I am holding ongoing interviews with professionals with different backgrounds, and undertook internships in neuroscience and fashion design. Secondary research on self and culture in psychology and philosophy function as sources of information and enrichment of vocabulary. This study is part of an ongoing research project analysing the changes of mind and body through technological alterations and sociological misconceptions (racism and sexism). In analysing these changes from a female perspective, and through interdisciplinary collaboration, this research will increase an understanding of underrepresented areas. Simultaneously it will be used for workshops in the arts to provide independent knowledge on Self and Culture, and to produce works that engage the viewer to reflect on the above issues.

Anthropocentric Choreography

2015

For Student Affairs, at Foreign Affairs Festival Berlin, I designed this movement outdoor workshop in collaboration with dancer/choreographer Nelly Hakkarainen.
It is an interdisciplinary laboratory, which connects the medium of art with the analytic reflection of Zeitgeist politics. Therefore we use technology as a contemporary medium and explore the possibilities of the body in urban landscape. It is a continuation of my previous solo research Anthropocentric Choreography (2014/15).

Whether its the natural or the built-architectural environment - present circumstances force us to adapt continiously. Regarding the body as a flexible and interactive organism the participants learn to work with principles of choreography in public space. Starting with a general theoretic introduction to (self-) perception we continue with movement technics using the city landscape as a playground and stage. Technology functions here as a tool for creative expression and quick self reflection -
we are researching the balance between adapting to landscape and standing out of it.

The collaboration between dancer Nelly Hakkarainen and artist Monika Dorniak is fusing their two research pools, and thereby creates a more-in-depth-program. This includes Nellys interest in site specific choreography and Monikas interest in the science of the human anatomy and contemporary architecture.

The workshop invites participants from different disciplines to reflect upon the excessive usage of technology and life in urban space. The practical part of the workshop is connected with theoretic insight from our research pool, and makes it possible to actively discuss about the thematics.
There are no previous experiences in dance or choreography needed- instead we welcome different experiences and skills to create a versatile scenario.


The Human Anatomy is Adorning Itself

2009-2011


The Human Anatomy is Adorning Itself (2009-2011) is a clothing collection with a neuro-philosophical approach. It was published in 2011 in a solo exhibition along with the launch of a philosophical-photo zine and video-performance in the studio from Alex Xie in Kreuzberg – Berlin.

All pieces together (clothes, zine, performance) created an artistically tailored puzzle work explaining one anothers content with different sensual experiences.

The clothes reflect the human anatomy as universal messengers. The wearable objects, which shall remind of the „human basics“ are designed with skin-like colors and textures. By re-creating the complex psychological self with the usage of several skin-like layers the artist simultaneously raises the philosophical question: how many „selfs“ do we own?

For further information one can read the artistic essay which is dealing with the topic of conscious mind-control to change common psychological and physiological patterns by using a.o. metacognition. The zine is additionally featuring contemporary positions of young photographers, dealing with the human body.