Phygital Bodies in Speculative Landscapes
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Digital Air is happy to invite its online fellows and visitors to the final presentation of the season – the show “Phygital Bodies in Speculative Landscapes” which is OPEN from February 15, 5 PM CET. Artistic works are available online via the website of the residency and on the platform of 8XR.

The link to access the guided tour on ZOOM on February 15, 6 PM CET
Let us be and transform – the
link to the broadcast is here

For the last 4 months, the artists of the current residency have had a chance to learn from and work with the mentor and digital artist Anan Fries who took a lead and let the artists dive into the world of phygitality, techno spirituality and biodiverse thinking. An intense lecturing was combined with the peer meetings with those digital practitioners who boost the online culture, such as digital creator and educator Alexander Mrohs, founder of the 8XR platform Mark Korshakov and digital curator of Ioginality Anna Bouali.
February 15, 2024
A result of this lab is 6 artistic digital works and environments that were created by the DA5 fellows Hugo Avigo (Paris), Sasha Kochetkova (Paris), Ksenia Markelova (Ekaterinburg), Nanda Raemansky (Eede), Alfiya Shamsutdinova (Kazan), Jeanne Tullen (Geneva). Showcasing their works contributes to changing the isolating policy that surrounds digital as artistic medium. The starting point for the works – and the residency in general – is body. Its performativity, its fluctuations in different environments, its senses and sensuality as well as its ability to speak. The artists play and wonder – what happens to a body once it enters the world beneath its reach?

  • Can digital body reach its immortality (Sasha Kochetkova “It would be different if you were plastic”)?
  • Can we trust its touch (Ksenia Markelova “The Empathetic Trial”) and sight (Hugo Avigo) especially when we enter online the places that look to us familiar like parking slots and elevators?
  • Is there a way to feel the collectivity in distance once you realise the singularity of your own motions (Alfiya Shamsutdinova, “Dance Game”)?
  • Can the bodily feeling of a space be disrupted once the space turns to be a speculative game (Nanda Raemansky)?
  • And can the features, the representation of beloved bodies stay the same no matter context (Jeanne Tullen)?

The digital world we invite you to enter triggers to think about the silences, spiritual expressions, distortions and omissions that emerge once we talk about our (digital) bodies. Let us be and transform – the broadcast starts from 5 pm CET, February 15.

Listen to the artists talking about their works
Jeanne Tullen's (Geneva) is a multidisciplinary artist and DA5 fellow. Her practice is concerned with our relationships with others and with ourselves. Through multidisciplinary works in the fields of image, installation, performance and sound, she delves into the relationships that build, weaken and fictionalise us. She is interested in the complexity of emotions, desires and relationships that permeate contemporary life.
Sasha Kochetkova (Paris) is engaged in multidisciplinary practices, working with painting and digital media:
“In my works I talk about how elements of material memory manifest themselves in posthuman identity through the process of glitch. I look for points of contact between errors in the physical world and machine glitches and create a chronicle of posthuman existance.”

Nanda Raemansky (1980) is a multidisciplinary painter from Eede, a small border village in the South West of the Netherlands in the delta area, where Belgium and Holland meet.
Themes of Nanda’s work often point back to the artistic, musical and largely anacho-communist environment of her childhood. Her practice is a careful methodology of medium manipulation, and she often starts with capturing her subject in photographs. Hear Nanda talking about her project – "Terneuzen: A Post Coffeeshop City".
Alfiya Shamsutdinova (Kazan) is a performance artist and dance therapist. The artistic and dance therapy practices of Alfiya Shamsutdinova are intertwined and nourish one another. The area of artistic interest lies in the attempt to designate and accept the human body expanded into the digital world in its physical and digital integrity.
The project Alfiya has created for DA5 is "Dance Game”. "Dance Game" is a no-gain art game. The user is suggested to follow the thumb of a person scrolling her phone that they see on the screen. This task aims to make us perceive daily movement of our fingers on the surface of our phones as a mutual dance choreography of all users around the world. Access to the work (smartphones only!)
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