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Pia Lindman

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My art practice evolves around the themes of social context and space, as well as the performative aspect of making and experiencing art. Most recently, three forms of practice have distinctly emerged: video, drawing, and something I call "social engineering". My interest in social space stems from my studies in architecture, which eventually led me to study for a second masterís degree in art at Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Dennis Adams, Krzysztof Wodiczko, and Joan Jonas. I am currently a professor at the Visual Studies Program at M.I.T. I am represented by Stephan Stoyanov Gallery in New York City.
I take the tradition of site-specific art as a point of departure, while addressing social, political, and economic conditions of a site. I create places for negotiation of diverse cultural, physical, and emotional knowledges - like Finnish sauna bathing tradition vs. American sensitivity to nudity.
By engineered social contexts like the Public Sauna at P.S.1, I aim to provoke members of the audience to perform and experience a particular social practice, forcing a re-evaluation of notions of corporeality and public sphere.Working with video, I perceive the act of recording as a performative gesture and part of the content of the work. In residency at the World Financial Center, I submerged a camera in the harbor nearby, in an attempt to create a point of access to an otherwise impenetrable corporate environment further rendered paranoid by the traumas of the World Trade Center disaster. I am working on a series of video portraits of urban sites, such as Times Square and sports arenas. I shoot from a fixed position and when editing the footage I layer it into a synthesis of motion, light, and space, in which it appears as if time has collapsed. I have shown and plan to show these videos in the context of their emergence, i.e., in the public screens available on each site.
As with video, my approach to drawing is informed by the tradition of performance art. After videotaping myself re-enacting gestures of mourning captured in photographs in the New York Times, I traced these gestures from video stills with pencil. By exhibiting both the tracings and the enactments, I tried to illuminate some of the relationships between a photograph, its mediation, and the idea of original content, in this instance human emotional reaction to terrorism. In my Corpcomm residency project, I continue a process of drawing and performing everyday life in corporations and institutions.


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