public art 

Banal Complexities تعقيدات  عادية⁩

INTIMATE BODY MACHINE

interactive installation and performative walk

Lisa Großkopf & Soukaina Joual

May-August 2021

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

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

In their artistic intervention “Intimate Body Machine”, the artists Lisa Großkopf and Soukaina Joual explore the boundaries between public and private space. Using body scales positioned in public space, they bring up themes of corporeality, the flesh, and the values associated with it. Discourses on the history and meaning of weighing are raised, as are body ideals, fat-shaming and skinny-shaming.

“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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