Body of Evidence

Body of Evidence (2021/2022)
Performance for moving image

Ongoing project
Support from Arts Council Norway

As we are flesh, so we are transient and ephemeral. Or are we?
The lines of our synchronous existence in the physical and digital realms are becoming gradually
indistinguishable, our transition from human to Cyborg has begun. By shedding our corporeal bodies, we start to shed pre-existing conceptions of identity.

Are you experiencing the uncanny feeling of being aware of the implications and consequences of your actions, and their, literally, world-altering reverberations? Welcome to the Anthropocene! What the Anthropocene sees is the culpability and our fragility as humans. The world is an uncanny place when billionaires are racing to space with their speculations of Armageddon in sight. Can we avoid hysteria? Can we listen to nature’s language, and better our home through the synergy of humanity
and nature?

Does Cyberia offer an opportunity of transformation and performance of infinite identities through becoming digital? Will the future bring a different aspect to being trans? Transhuman - the wish to get rid of the physical body, to exclusively exist in a digital realm? Which costs would such an existence entail? What would the loss of senses such as
touch, taste and smell mean for the experience of being human? Could we still consider ourselves human without a tangible body? Or what would it mean to gain new senses through artificial sense design?

What we see from the pandemic is the rapidity of today’s society. We are connected in a way both physically and digitally on a world scale unlike any other age. Be it information, politics, technology, or disease, its virality is unmatched today. I believe that our constructed environments should focus on decay rather than disposal, but what does that mean for humanity? We are constantly looking for the elixir of life, pushing boundaries of our physical bodies and
health through altering and manufacturing new bodies and digital prosthetics, finding new ways to cure diseases, methods of enhancing our capabilities, and pre-determining the dispositions of posterity. It may bring about a positive
new reality, and it lies close ahead. Therefore, I see it as our current duty to pin down and interrogate the ethical implications of our developments now.

Looking ahead, I see compost.
How can we find equanimity when the scores of our daily routines are decomposing? Do we orchestrate
temporal compositions? Or do we wait till all is compost before we use its fertility as additive for new structures? Can our current embargo force a doctrine of change? If every abyss is a mountain, how can we turn the aiguilles to the sky,
initiating new harmonies and oscillation? Will we realize that our existence is linked? And whilst searching for nectar, do we understand our belonging to the expansive ecosystem that is Earth?