A construction site-specific installation from the carbon-induced confusion series
The artist Alice Peragine’s creative practice revolves around the ambivalent relationship between technology and the body. Her expansive installations, videos, and performances undertake a poetic study of the interdependencies between technological developments and their ecological and social consequences. Peragine is especially interested in materials and media whose characteristics and functions bear a direct relation to the human body such as protective wear, medical applications, and smart technologies.
Developed specifically for Lothringer 13 Halle—a former engine workshop—the exhibition EXHAUSTER negotiates processes of exchange between bodies and technology in the example of the ubiquitous use of fossil oil as fuel. Its thematic point of departure is the automobile, which Peragine conceives as a shell for the body and a paradigmatic object for an inquiry into the dialectics between dependencies and autonomy. The presentation combines videos with tarps and objects made of asphalt, various cables, belts, kinesiology tape, and tubes for a sprawling immersive installation somewhere between construction site, contaminated security zone, and science-fiction cave.
The result is a permeable interface between organism, physical matter, and machine that sustains an analysis of vulnerability and consumption and an exploration of potential constellations of (post)human scenarios. The diagnosis that fossil capitalism has reached its end has been around for a while; Alice Peragine’s investigation comes at a time when it has been complemented by the observation that both human and environment as currently constituted are nearing depletion. In EXHAUSTER, Peragine builds on individual experience and bodily states to turn the spotlight on the ways in which each of us is entangled in global processes of exploitation and exhaustion. Her contact zones make room for speculations on transformations of technological components and organic structures, but also on the possibility of novel participatory and caring connections beyond (hetero)normative politics of the body.