Bodies with technological "attachments", "cybernetic organisms" rooted in our collective imagination since '60s, do not belong to Sci Fi literature any longer; they are becoming integral part of the everyday life. Inevitably, this "smart second skins" capture imaginative and creative potentials of contemporary artists, stimulating them to search for new applications and new meanings.
In this direction moves the project developed by Martin Rille, Coded Sensation, postulating the possibility to transform the surface of our body into the "sensible container" of data and knowledge, of words and sounds that can be "released" through bodycontact.
Touching, hearing and feeling thus become equally important as seeing; a synthesis of senses become a way of knowing the world. For the moment it is only a possibility; but that is exactly what art should do: envision possibilities and open perspectives, allowing us to became aware of our present and even more of our hypothetic future.
Seeing sculptural and performative works by Martin Rille make us believe that future is closer than we think: it corresponds to a time-dimension in which we are able to "unfold" our stories through sensible body-films that make us "speak" through the movement, guide us in a sort of a sensuous dance enhanced by mysterious music and noise produced by dark and shiny "sound" suits.
Suits, made of audio tape and entirely sustainable, besides potential futuristic scenarios, trigger awareness of environmental urgencies of our present time. Dobrila Denegri
Coded Sensation, audio skin
All that happens in Coded Sensation is generated by touch. Hands sinuously caress bodies and objects that are completely covered by a shiny and iridescent black cloth, from which sounds emanate. The special fabric is created by applying a thin sheet of chromium oxide (the same used in cassette tapes) onto a simple ... Chiara Ciociola
Many senses, like the eyes, ears, tongue or nostrils are scattered over a small area while the sense of touch covers the whole body. Tactile sensation is the first sense a newborn child develops and with which it has the first experiences in this world. As a result, the first memories a human gathers, are imprinted through tactile sensation. Therefore it is the sense that triggers the most deepest link to human emotion.
Coded Sensation is realized through applying an ultra-thin sheet of chromium oxide onto the surface of fabrics and storing information through a magnetic modulation. As like in audio-tapes this technique is extremely sustainable.
Stories and poems in audio are stored on the surface of these coded fabrics. A reading head, which consists of an electromagnetic sensible coil, reads the magnetic fluctuation in the chromium oxide. It then is transformed into an acoustic media. This process works reciprocally.
by Martin Rille
Max Frey – KINETIC ART
Amber Gabrielle – CHOREOGRAPHY
Michael Hammerschmid – PHILOLOGY/LITERATURE
Sarah Hyee – DESIGN/CLOTHES
Hannes Köcher – DIGITAL ART
Marit Burger, Thomas Grill, Janos Karpati, Peter Kozek, Wolfgang Lehrner, Paul Leitner, Gregor Petri, Johann Scholz, Lisa Truttmann, Salazar Quas, Elisabeth Wildling