Swiss artist Simon Senn utilised the acquisition of a digital copy of a female body through website www.3dscanstore.com as the starting point for the performance “Be Arielle F”. Since downloading the data bought, which contains a static, photo-realistic, three-dimensional representation of a real, existing young woman, he has been working on bringing this data to life. Through the use of virtual reality, Simon Senn will ultimately be able to embody the three-dimensional representation himself: He slips his body into the avatar. In this way, details and characteristics, hair and skin of this virtual body also become visible. On social media, the artist started to look for a woman whose body he could virtually inhabit. He started an exchange with her that still endures today, and which will be part of the “Be Arielle F” performance. Together, they examine this third, digital body that exists between them.
Geneva-based video artist Simon Senn opens a negotiation process about the supposed opposition of virtual and physical worlds in this performance on Zoom. He toys with the unexpected and discloses the intertwining between technology, representation, gender, and law.
Duration: 45 min. / contains English
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Concept, staging: Simon Senn; Production: Anne-Christine Liske; With: Simon Senn, Arielle F and a virtual body.
A production by Compagnie Simon Senn, co-produced by Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne - Le Grütli, Center for the Production and Dissemination of Art - Théâtre du Loup Touring: Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne. Supported by Porosus, Pro Helvetia, Fondation Ernst Göhner, Pour-Cent-Kultur Migros and Loterie Romande. The guest performance is funded by Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser, funded by Beauftrage der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien.