Bodymaps: Artifacts of Mortality

The following text is taken from Front Magazine, vol. VII, no. 4, p. 7, March/April 1996:

Join us for an opening reception on Tuesday, March 19 at 8pm.

Artists’ panel discussion Friday, March 29, 7:30pm.

Thecla Schiphorst’s Bodymaps is an interactive installation that explores the sensuality and anarchy of the act of touching and being touched.

Employing sensors, computer generated images and sound, Schiphorst explores a tactile and visual space within a computer generated environment. The viewer’s acts of touch and gesture interactively elicit movement from video images of the body during the time that the viewer remains physically engaged, connected. When the viewer distances, turns away, and body again reverts to stillness. Unmapped, unexplored dimensions of the body contain an immaterial, often uncertain and uncharted presence.

Thecla Schiphorst is a Vancouver-based computer-integrated media artist, performer, choreographer and designer.

The exhibition is generously supported by the Canada Council and Video In.

Schiphorst’s installation is part of the exhibition Digital Investigations: Differential Space, guest curated by Petra R. Watson, and sponsored by the Simon Fraser Gallery, SFU in conjunction with Front Gallery, funded by the Exhibition Assistance Program of the Canada Council.