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GALLERY 2010/2011





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"Body Conn/fli/cting Mind" is a participatory installation which will bring the public to explore and expose the potential connections and conflicts that lie between voice and body language in intimate relations. They will be asked to reflect upon the body connecting or conflicting the mind. When "No means no. Yes means yes" refers to well known affirmation about physical needs, "What does your body mean ?" questions the assumption that body language is easily listened to, understood or understandable. The installation will consist in two spaces: * A spheric intimate space that could eventually be closed for private forms of expression. It will be furnished with a few cushions and equipped with material (paint, pens, brushes, plasticine, paper, strings and a tape recorder). * An oblong open structure, visible and usable from the outside, whose walls will constitute a collective space of exhibition to hang and connect written, painted and modeled concepts about the subject. In the intimate space, the participants will be asked to produce text, shapes images in the intimate space and to dispose them in the open structure. Large rolls of paper and painting would allow among other ways of expression, some body print. The tape recorder content will be used for on-line exhibition of the production of the installation.

I use participatory installations as a way to have the public expressing and discussing the subject that I choose. Having studied the politics of communication devices in my Phd (wikis in particular), I'm putting lot of attention on how the description and the settings will lead the public to participate in a certain way. In "Bodies Conn/fli/cting Minds", the participants (that we assume to be composed of thinkers, artists, activists and feminists) will be asked to reflect upon the misunderstandings and complicities, consensus and violation which emerge when communication is torn between body and voice.

When bodies meet beautifully in silence or with unintelligible sounds, movements are understood as a language. But lack of verbal communication is also the source of controversies. Even though feminism have built some first steps toward more consensual intimate relations, cultural, gendered, political or physical contexts as well as lack of communication tools makes it difficult to relate carefully to ours and the other bodies. This installation is aimed at opening a space of expression and discussion about the following questions. How do bodies (dis)connect with minds, how do we communicate with or misunderstand each other when language becomes embodied, when the body is said to be talking, when we guess what the other mean, when we don't speak but only move in silence ? How do you take care of this sensitive connection? How do we eventually rebuild it when lost ? We want the participants to think about and share their own experiences with this issue. The production of the installation will be carefully documented, for diffusion on the web, but also for eventual adjustment in regard with possible reuse in other contexts.

I wanted to articulate the relation between power and love since a long time, but didn't know how to make the connection. Having recently been involved in different discussions dealing with misunderstanding concerning sexual abuse and mutual consent and discourse and relation to the body, this adaption of the "Our Coll/nn/ective Minds" into "Body Conn/fli/cting Minds" helped me in a necessary exploration of the issue. I'm looking forward it's exploration in a participatory context.

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This is a strong conceptual proposal that addresses the festival themes very well. I really appreciate the physical creation of dialogic spaces, in order to explore ideas of intimate dialogue and physical communication itself. In many ways, it is a very literal explosion of David Bohm's model of dialogue, while adding a creative/artistic element to the participants toolbox.

Having seen previous installations, I like how the aesthetic result often looks quite "primitive", which in some ways turns the very technology focussed notions of wikis on their head, creating a vision for multiple new models of dialogue building. The added consideration of a private intimate space in order to construct the messages is very interesting as well.

It's unfortunate that at this point, this is only a proposal. It would be very interesting to look at the documentation of the project, and how that could be treated. From previous examples, I find the quality of the documentation a little lacking. Though it is clear that the participant interaction is engaged and interesting, the end results of each installation are unclear. I wonder if there is a possibility of taking the participatory "communicative object" that is created and translating it into another medium or format. Could it be brought back into a digital wiki structure, or programmed to become something actionable? Could the documentation itself provide other forms of knowledge and experience?

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No means no. Yes means yes. What does your body mean ?

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Goldenberg Anne

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As mentionned in the file in attachement, I work on the previous installations with Rut Jesus, an other researcher involved in the comprehension of wikis and wikiaffiliated structures. I now have a PhD in communication and sociology during wich I studied negotiations of contributions in public wikis. I'm a wiki and free software researcher and practitioner, and I directed the Wikigraphe project, co-organized the RococoCamp / RecentchangesCamp who was held in Montreal 2006 and 2010. I teach free software and wiki principles to several classes, research groups, community groups and to unions. I'm also specialized in the organization of OpenSpace. I set up a first version of Our Coll/nn/ective Minds at the Artivistic Festival in October 2009, Montreal, 3 other versions with Rut Jesus in Bangalore in January 2010 and in Gdansk, Poland in June 2010. BodyConn/Fli/cting is an evolved version of those previous works that I will set up alone.



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Participatory installation