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 Work method of B.O.D.Y. : The experimental film of space, time and body

Intimität und Humanität in der Kunst

Artistic research (2020-) : Silence surrounds us, and silence around us


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When you watch this video, what you can describe in which regards these subjects in this video? 


In my project B.O.D.Y., I attempted thereby to describe the changing of understanding about the body on the epistemological level with artistic mediums.


Virtuality in this sound work is by binaural recording and simulation.


The “B.O.D.Y.” consists of pictures and recorded sounds of different people, nationalites, gender and age groups, as well as a part of myself.

My audiovisual concept on the subject of the body comprises both feelings of closeness and distance.
I try to create a virtual world of sensitive touch which interacts with the shared senses of others.

The project ”B.O.D.Y“ 2000-2009

The performance project “sensation of motion in time” began in the year 2000 with two actresses from Theater Thikwa, a Berlin-based theatre project by actors with and without disabilities. It was originally conceived as a performance and video installation on the subject of “time, space and bodies”, which was presented at the “touch” exhibition held at the Künstler Bahnhof Westend by the Karl-Hof society. Both of the actresses I worked with back then suffered from spastic paralysis. Later in 2003, I worked with two other actresses from the same theatre on my performance project “sensation of motion in time#2”, which was presented within the scope of the exhibition “(in-)perfekte Menschen” (literally: (im)perfect people) at the Martin-Gropius-Bau museum in Berlin.

The visual piece “body landscape” evolved at the time of this second performance in 2003, when I started taking microcosmic shots of body parts and skin. I was reflecting on nature, ultimately comparing it with social beauty criteria. In their natural environment, trees and plants have their own forms and do not underlie any fixed norms when it comes to how they look. Looking to the landscape, it became clear to me back then what life means. With the microcosmic photos of body parts in the work “Landschaft (landscape) des Körpers (body)”, I examined issues of identity, gender, beauty ideals and body consciousness.
Up until today, I continually turn to the subject of “time, space and bodies” in my work, using this theme in various media such as photography, video and sound art, performances and mix-media installations. In doing so, I deal with the transformation of thoughts and feelings, as well as the creation of conceptional content.

The wall installation “B.O.D.Y.” consists of a series of 20 fine art archival prints sealed with Fotosec and presented in a 20 x 100 cm space, as well as seven different sounds which can be heard through binaural haedphones and consist of recordings of people of different nationalities, gender and age groups. The 20 photos of different human bodies have been hung next to each other at 10–25 cm intervals, arranged from light to dark or dark to light gradients (there is no beginning or end of an image). In addition, seven sounds which individual guests can listen to through binaural haedphones (individual hearing in the closed system) supplement these images. Physical sensitivity is intensified together with the dual intimacy of the acoustic setting – a physically “attached” way of listening through binaural headphones where synthesised sound with an “intestinal” imagination evokes the function of internal organs (the steady rhythm of a heartbeat, breathing and the tentative sounds of organs). The intensity in both the audible range and field of view stimulate the onlookers’ imaginations, which in turn leads to a sensitisation for the otherwise invisible details of living bodies. This wall installation was created with a collage technique and the audio is based on the Surrealist method of dépaysement. The effect of the installation is intensified by the sounds, which, as a sensual audible expression, are completely devoted to the audience and allow onlookers to ultimately make their own free associations with the images.
The gradient from light to dark or vice-versa is a metaphor for “time, space and bodies” in nature, for life and for death.

B.O.D.Y. - 7 x Sound (electroacoustic Sound)
Erika Matsunami
Audio Engineer : Niklas Schmincke

sound composition:

©Erika Matsunami and Niklas Schmincke (GEMA, Germany)

Dimension: 590-875 (variable) x 100cm, 7 sounds (7 MP3 player + 7 binaural headphones)

The Sound B.O.D.Y.  for an idea for post-queer theory

Human right in today's society, actually we don't need to be "queer", we are all queer and individual. We can live naturally, to be natural of each being (from the aspect of biology. – Genetic aspect.).

- Work method of the experimental film of space, time and body and the philosophy of information in an online expression (Darstellung).

Representational space design:

Representational space (the lived space), Representations of Space (the conceived space), and Spatial practice (the perceived space), each relates to the produced social space.

My artistic gender is Bi that consists of Bildende Künstlerin / Komponist, also Asia / Europe, e.g. Christian- / Buddhist- Culture, German / Japanese, thereby Semi-Formalism that is Anglo-American  (...)(English), it system is "Openness”. -> Intermediate

On body in the 1990s and post-queer in the 2020s 


"I am bi." - bi-sexuality, bi-cultrality, bilinguality.

Gender and cultural neutrality that is as our human nature, not ideological. In the mental, I am a free-gender, probably, it applies so, because I live and work in Berlin, Germany. I can to being, I am "i" a person. Its attitude also might be possible to addresses the deconstruction of discrimination and prejudice. 


Intimitate in Arts:

"Intimism (French: intimisme) was an artistic movement in the late 19th-century and early 20th-century that involved the depiction of banal yet personal domestic scenes, particularly those within domestic interiors. "

I think it was Picasso who talked in his paintings about his intimity for love in the 20th century. In addition, he depicted his "intimacy" with humans. In contrast to Picasso, I drew with sounds about my intimacy for myself, which was really different as a self-portrait. 

How and what I did: I recorded myself (sound) in my surroundings (Environment) for 24 hours with a break, but it was aimed for "one day". It means that I recorded when I was sleeping at night also. I listened all recorded material.

So what did, I appreciate and think from the recording of that sound.

- Time

- Space

- Happning

- Event

- Things

- etc.

(The idea to record the sound of own everyday life came from Prof. Dr Supper's seminar. How I explored it, that was my own research method in artistic research. Subsequently, we discussed about each practical research in the seminar.)

In space, human beings become "sounds" as beings when we make sounds from our bodies, when we are in contact with something, and when we are talking and moving. It was very "intiem" sound for me, that is "privat" with who I can share, who I love...When I love you, any sound "I feel adorable." I think "love" is what makes your child's poop look cute, and worry about his/her health, that is an intimity and humanity.

Human beings become "sounds" as beings in a space, that is likewise a "creatures", which I would like to refer to Dante's. Nono and other musical composers, they transcribed/transcribe its human-beings into musical language, since Renaissance, as well as in the painting and the sculpture. There are many paintings in the Renaissance for the study of medicine. For instance, we can see how infectious diseases were. The purpose of looking at your baby's poop is to check your baby's daily health. 

--> Amore

The question is always "What is "Amore"?

Maybe contrary to rationality, probably irrationality, perhaps ridiculous in the whole of the story.

Human-being and Human love.

Do you believe in love?

-> When I intensively listened to a long recording of myself sleeping, the dialogue with myself "being" in that space made me feel like I was separated from my body for a moment, that was an aesthetic intervention to me between subjectiveity and objectivity. Because to understand as well as percive from auditory sense about the events and things, also their relations in the time perception, "What I recognise from them?".