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Title: Amplifying the collective (data) body : screens as relational interfaces in the works of Krzysztof Wodiczko and Refik Anadol
Authors: Kang, Kristy H. A.
Keywords: Visual arts and music::General
Issue Date: 2019
Source: Kang, K. H. A. (2019). Amplifying the collective (data) body : screens as relational interfaces in the works of Krzysztof Wodiczko and Refik Anadol. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 2019 Conference - Fluid Circuits: Cultures of Knowledge After the Digital Turn.
Abstract: This paper challenges the notion of the “screen” focusing not on the technological but rather, on the relational actions and embodied practices of the screen. How can screens be embodied and how do bodies act as screens? Screens are not fixed but can be scaled and amplified. As scalable practices (as in architectural projection mapping and media façades) they can act as media amplifiers. However, through the screen, what can also be amplified ranges from the collective human body and voice (as in the work of Krzysztof Wodiczko) to the amplification of collective data body (as in the work of Refik Anadol). While the work of Wodiczko concerns itself with bodies that cannot be quantified, Anadol’s work deals with the quantified body (of data and the archive). Wodiczko asks the witness to share an experience that is deeply intimate or traumatic and is not typically shared with strangers in public. As an alternative to the “screen,” his “instruments” or media “prostheses” create a relational interface of amplified communication and empathy exchange that allows for the possibility of collective healing and reflection. While the “parametric data sculptures” of Refik Anadol transform the collective body of machine informatics into a poetics of data amplification in his architectural projection performances. These types of “screens or screenings” create relationalities and encounters with the (data)body. The screen acts thus, as a point of contact – a relational interface - between embodied voices that allows the possibility of encounter (human and machine) and different degrees of empathy. Screens in this case can potentially act as a way of amplifying the embodied voice and enacting socio-political awareness, activation and interaction.
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