INTRODUCTION

19 STREET PROJECTIONS
4 SPATIAL VIDEO INSTALLATIONS
IN ARTS AND CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS

The street is where everyone is aware of their own bodily presence and where they are alert to the nonverbal signals from others. In this public space, the BodyTalks – Video Art & Cinedans in Public Space exhibition shows 23 videos that focus on the moving body. The selected works of art offer a diverse picture of the strength, wealth and scope of non-verbal communication and dance. The videos and short dance films have rarely been shown outside the walls of arts institutions or (movie) theaters, yet thanks to their specific content they can easily be shown in the urban landscape. In the public space, they enter into a direct one-on-one relationship with the onlooker or passerby in the street.

BodyTalks is a study into how the disciplines of video art and short dance films influence each other, and how they can evoke new, unexpected interpretations of bodily expression or body language. Professional dancers, artists and performers make silent yet pervasive ‘utterances’ about themes such as man/woman relationships, political-social topicalities and the search for an individual identity in today’s image culture. The video projections by high-profile artists and young talents visualise how dance can be a linguistic aid and how non-verbal communication can become choreography.

Bart van den Boom

BodyTalks is organised by Viewmaster Maastricht in cooperation with Cinedans Amsterdam
BodyTalks cooperates with the Dutch Dance Days