public art 

Banal Complexities تعقيدات  عادية⁩

INTIMATE BODY MACHINE

interactive installation and performative walk

Lisa Großkopf & Soukaina Joual

June-August 2021

Venue: Praterstern subway exit “Heinestraße”, different public scales in 2nd district of Vienna

Photo billboard at Praterstern in cooperation with Fluc

curated by Aline Lenzhofer

Lisa Großkopf & Soukaina Joual, "Intimate Body Machine", 2021 © of the artists

With their artistic intervention “Intimate Body Machine” Lisa Großkopf (*1989, lives in Vienna) and Soukaina Joual (*1990, lives in Rabat) explore the boundaries between public and private space. The project, which was developed collaboratively, deals with corporeality and challenges normativity – aspects that that reoccur in the practice of both artists. Their interactive tour of public scales in Vienna’s second district invites participants and passers-by to weigh individual body parts and recalculate their weight. A booth at the beginning of Heinestraße also makes it possible to weigh one’s own clothes and subtract it from the calculated body weight. In doing so, the weighing and measuring of human bodies and related conceptions of the ideal are taken ad absurdum.


In a photograph, the two artists give a demonstration, staging themselves weighing a body part – Lisa Großkopf in Vienna and Soukaina Joual likewise in Rabat. In cooperation with Fluc, the image is presented from June until July 2021 on the billboard facing Praterstern and the public scale positioned on this spot.


A walk with performative interventions by the artists Lisa Großkopf and Soukaina Joual together with invited artists is planned for the 19.08.2021 and will shed a light again on the whole project.


“Intimate Body Machine” is part of the project “Banal Complexities تعقيدات  عادية“, a series of 4 collaborative art interventions in public space curated and realised by philomena+ between Praterstern and Volkertplatz from March to September 2021.

artists

LISA GROßKOPF

(*1989, lives and works in Vienna) studied at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna as well as at the Art University Linz. Her artistic work oscillates between a wide range of disciplines and encompasses diverse techniques from photography to performance art. Her projects are dedicated to the social use of photography, human behaviour in the digital world, differences and particularities of public and private space, as well as questions of sex, gender and heteronormativity.

(*1990, lives and works in Rabat) is an interdisciplinary Moroccan artist. She graduated from the National Institute of Fine Arts in Tetouan in 2011. Her works (video, performance, painting, installations) break down boundaries between public and private space, individual and community, the inside and outside of our bodies, and artistic and everyday actions. The preoccupation with the body plays a major role in her work. She investigates how the body changes, connects to identity constructions or can also become the site for ideological debates.

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