Alice Peragine’s creative practice revolves around the ambivalent relationship between technology and the body. Her expansive installations, videos, and performances probe the interdependencies between technological developments and their ecological and social consequences. Peragine is especially interested in materials and media whose functions bear a direct relation to the human body, such as protective wear, medical applications, and smart technologies.
The two-part project EXHAUSTER starts on February 25, 2021. Building on individual experience and bodily states, it turns the spotlight on the ways in which each of us is entangled in global processes of exploitation and fatigue. The contact zone EXHAUSTER makes room for speculations on the dynamic interactions of technological components and organic structures, but also on the possibility of novel participatory and caring connections beyond (hetero)normative politics of the body.
Inspired by the current restrictions on social contacts and altered modes of interpersonal communication and interaction, the call-in TV show Please hold the line—thank you (for holding), produced in collaboration with Leon Daniel (technical design) and Xenia Taniko (performance), goes live from 2 to 8 pm. As physical venues and contacts are off limits, being on hold has become a symbol of our lingering in a place that is neither here nor there. It is in this interspace that the performers appear, a*live and available in the installation setting—live online and on screens in the public-facing panorama windows of Lothringer 13 Halle. Our visitors are invited to call +49 (0)89 66 60 73 33 to get in virtual touch with Peragine and Taniko. The piece explores questions of contact, feedback, redirection, interdependency, and exhaustion.
The second part of EXHAUSTER, scheduled for mid-April 2021, will consist of a sprawling immersive installation combining video footage from the live call-in show with tarps and objects made of asphalt, various cables, belts, tubes, and kinesiology tape to turn the gallery into something between construction site, contaminated security zone, and science-fiction cave. In a nod to the venue’s earlier life as an engine workshop, Peragine dissects the automobile as a shell around and extension of the body and culmination of a dialectics between dependency and autonomy. The diagnosis that fossil capitalism has reached its end has been around for a while; her investigation comes at a time when it has been complemented by the observation that both human and environment as currently constituted are nearing depletion.
Lothringer 13 Halle is CURRENTLY closed during the lockdown.
The live call-in TV show PLEASE HOLD THE LINE - THANK YOU (FOR HOLDING) can be viewed continuously in the shop window at Lothringer Straße 13 from February 25 at 2 p.m.