What makes me an individual who is part of a collective? What is my social body is made of? Which information is that given to me and my future? The human body is constantly and systematically constructed, produced, supported by the interaction of the individuals present in their daily lives. I explore the idea of a narrational corpus body with a part of my family: my mum and my grandma. Our bodies as a metamorphose of a form of practice and knowledge. We became the third person. Undivided. Struggle to cope with each other. In this exercise, I embodied their actions and their reactions, trying to take control. Creating absurd fitness exercises to keep up with these fundamental questions and seeing our new body as a vehicle of these questions.
In recent months, in order to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, authorities worldwide have imposed the closure of public places with increased risk of contagion, from art museums to gym facilities, asking the population to stay home. This has contributed to the rediscovery and popularization of digital fitness training formats designed to guide movement and maintain or gain physical fitness while in isolation. Against this backdrop, FitArt appropriates the design of popular fitness apps to bring artists' works to the viewer – onto the personal mobile phone. The new workout and the in-app show aim to address issues and power structures in reference to sexuality, identity, gender, and representation of the female connoted body. It seeks to reflect on women’s experiences of their embodiment as situated and congruous to places and times, according to the advancement of society - and technologies. Taking upon the notion of “somatic society” (Bryan Turner, 2008) the show expresses the way in which the body is positioned as a site where major subjective and collective issues are expressed, problematized, and worked through, framing the female connoted body on the brink of a sacrificial
machine appointed to bear conduct and beliefs of the society to which it belongs.
Scan des corps de ma grand-mère ainsi que de ma mère. Une pièce en réalité augmentée. Support technique:
Simon Senn. vidéo, 30’’,2020
FitArt | Workout II | Female Body
Concept by Damjanski & Nina Roehrs
App design by Damjanski, powered by Roehrs & Boetsch
!Mediengruppe Bitnik, Alexandra Bachzetsis, Giulia Essyad, Juliette Gampert, Maria Guta, Douna Lim & Théo Pesso, Katrin Niedermeier, Simone C. Niquille, Colette Sadler, Teresa Vittucci and Maëlle Gross .
Raffael Dörig (Kunsthaus Langenthal), Charlotte Laubard (HEAD, Geneva), Chus Mart.nez (FHNW,
Basel) and Mareike Dittmer with Krzysztof Kościuczuk and Joanna Lesnierowska (Museum Susch).
This second in-app show will be realized with the generous support of Pro Helvetia.