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A project by Flavia Mazzanti
Realized by Immerea

"Beyond My Skin" is an interactive installation that explores the hybrid relationship between bodies and their digital representation, investigating something as physical as the feeling of "touch" and its meaning in the virtual realm.

Realized with the support of: the City of Vienna - Culture and the
Austrian Ministry of the Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport (BMKÖS)

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Since 2019, I have been researching and exploring the relationship between hybrid bodies and their physical and social environments in my artistic practice. Through the use of immersive media, interactive installations, and experimental filmmaking, I often engage with artistic philosophical theories of post-anthropocentrism, ecofeminism, and new materialism, with an interest in offering alternative perspectives on ourselves and our environment.

My latest project, “Beyond My Skin” (2023), is an interactive installation and live performance that explores the themes of identity and digital inclusion in a post-anthropocentric context. The project creates a phygital space where visitors can experience a new form of self-awareness and representation outside of traditional binary and societal portrayals (avatars). In the installation, visitors do not physically touch each other but interact in their abstract virtual bodies generated in real time, exploring together the hybrid relationship between their physical bodies and their digital representation. They investigate something as physical as the feeling of “touch” and its meaning in the digital realm. Through virtual touch and encounters, they become interconnected with each other, forming a new shared hybrid body. This interaction aims to go beyond the skin, beyond physical and social constructs, creating a unique phygital experience that engages and alters our senses and emotions.

In “Beyond My Skin”, motion capture technology is used to dissolve and transform the physical appearance of the human body in real time. Movements are recorded and translated into abstract digital configurations. This transformation affects not only the physical aspect of the body but also its temporal and spatial changes. Actions, movements and interactions overlap across spatial and temporal boundaries. Within this context, I am particularly interested in exploring themes of embodiment and the sensorial ways of experiencing sensations such as “touch”, challenging visitors to reconsider their understanding of corporeality and digital existence. Traditional perceptions of embodiment are disrupted by transforming physical movements into abstract digital formations, blurring the distinction between the physical and the virtual.

Through its interdisciplinary approach and by exploring the intersection of physical and virtual realms, the project significantly contributes to the discourse of the relationship / entanglement between art and technology. It offers new perspectives on our existence in an ever-evolving technological landscape by exploring into the intricate relationships between human beings and the world, both physical and digital, and challenging traditional notions of materiality and embodiment from a post-anthropocentric perspective.

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Top View of the visitor's movements in space

Installations & Performances

May 2023: AIL, Angewandte Interdisciplinary Lab, Vienna (AT). Project's Premiere and Live Performance
September - November 2023: esc medien kunst labor, Graz (AT). Group Exhibition "Desert of Realities"
October 2023: ORF Musikprotokoll, steirischer Herbst Festival, Graz (AT). Live Performance
October 2023: Ö1 Zeit-Ton Magazine, Austrian National Radio. Interview and Installation sound
December 2023 - February 2024: UAAD, International Media Platform, New Art City. Online Group Exhibition "Alt-Alterity"
(non-interactive version)

Credits

A project by: Flavia Mazzanti
Realized by: Immerea

Concept and artistic direction: Flavia Mazzanti
Project Management: Design and Installation: Manuel Bonell

Sound: Brootworth
Technical Artist: Tobias Mayer
Programming: Catherine Joy Calupas, Michael Bonell

Realized with the support of: the City of Vienna - Culture and the Austrian Ministry of the Arts, Culture, the Civil
Service and Sport (BMKÖS)

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