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Body Interfaces

Body Interfaces research

This blog is an ongoing update on the activities of the Body Interfaces artistic research project.
For portfolio, go to the project website:

Body Interfaces concept and method

"The body as interface" is an artistic concept and research that comes out of a long research in body-based performance practices, site specific art and technology. The project has a very expansive interpretation and definition of the terminology of "interface" and aims to take the combination of body - interface to a wider understanding, as a relational space between two entities, concerning the aspects of bringing together two parts, as well as separating them, being a threshold condition for the two.

The research combines working with the body and (as) materiality in the tradition of site specific performance art combined with a newer understanding of the body that we have derived through our use of technology and its terminology. The project will benefit from the methodology of technology and not use technology as such; it will research in the physical sensations and meeting points that the body has with the surroundings, inspired by tools required from studying the body in technology with the concept of the interface as a main focus point. The interventions deals with the body as interface for experience, communication in relation to other materialities and the environment that surrounds and interact with these. The interface is here read as a transmitting entity and agency between the body and the surrounding surfaces; translating signals through interaction in and with the environment.

haecceity sound performance

performance art, research Posted on Fri, June 07, 2019 12:09:43

Next sound performance will be on 7 June 2019 at 1000Fryd
Kattesundet 10, 9000 Aalborg, Denmark

I will perform my new composition ‘haecceity’ sharing the stage with two other great artists: Louise Vind Nielsen and Ignacio Córdoba and their exploration of synths and sinus tones!

‘haecceity’ takes its departure in the individual qualities of objects, their sounding, amplification and mechanical manipulation. It is a composition based on the interaction with elements and the relations that appear through their intervention.


Louise Vind Nielsen + Ignacio Córdoba
Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen

Poster work by Louise Vind Nielsen

Event on 1000fryd’s website:
Link to facebook event:

The event starts at 21:00

Body Interfaces information for venues

performance art, research Posted on Fri, December 28, 2018 22:16:34

Body Interfaces technical requirements and materials:

CV Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen:


Performance at he Art Center Silkeborg Bad, September 8th 2018

performance art, research Posted on Tue, September 04, 2018 15:58:46

Photo: Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen: Body Interfaces – Environments II, Viðey (IS) 2017.

On September 8th Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen will do a the Body Interfaces performance Environments III at KunstCentret Silkeborg Bad, Gjessøvej 4, 8600 Silkeborg (DK). The performance will be in the park of the art center and have a duration of approximately 60 minutes. The performance starts at 14:00h.

Press text (in Danish):

Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen
Body Interfaces
: Environments III

“Body Interfaces er et sted-specifikt performance projekt, der har til formål at legemliggøre interface-begrebet gennem analoge interaktioner med omgivelserne. Kroppen som grænseflade skal her ses som en transmitterende og medierende enhed, hvor relationen mellem krop, omgivelserne og dens strukturer tematiseres og udforskes. Yderligere er målet at skabe en kritisk rumlig praksis, hvor udvalgte steders historik og karakteristika bearbejdes og afsøges. Den første Body Interfaces: Environments performance blev skabt på Fljótstunga Artist Residency på Island i 2015, hvor en kortlægning af stedets naturlige elementer blev udført via kropslige registreringer og interaktioner. Serien har sidenhen affødt flere forskellige iterationer med hvert sit specifikke omdrejningspunkt, hvor den seneste var en intervention på øen Viðey i 2017, tilsvarende på Island. Performancen på Kunstcenteret Silkeborg Bad vil foregå i parken og ende ved Arnakkekilden. Varighed ca. 60 min.”

Link to the event calendar (in Danish):

Body Interfaces presented at the Affect, Interfaces, Events Conference in Aarhus

performance art, research Posted on Tue, September 04, 2018 15:49:34

Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen presented her paper “Affective Assemblages – Performing Relational Environments” at the Affects Interfaces Events conference in Aarhus (DK). The conference is hosted by the Affective Interfaces research group from Aarhus University and will be held on August 29-30. Both days are filled with panels and presentations, and will include keynotes by Erin Manning, Brian Massumi, Andrew Muprhie, and Susanna Paasonen. The conference was held at Godsbanen Skovgaardsgade 3-5 Aarhus C.

Link to the book of abstracts:

Link to the programme:

Kultuurrikauppila in Ii, Finland

performance art, research Posted on Mon, May 07, 2018 15:09:16

Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen and Malte Steiner are currently artists-in-residency at Kultuurrikauppila in Ii, Finland. Their residency started April 3rd and will end on May 31. 2018.

During the residency they are working on a collaborate exhibition and concert as well as doing their individual works and research.

More information can be found here:

May 8th, Madsen and Steiner will do a master class at Oulu Art Museum about artistic mapping and cartography:

Facebook event:

May 16th the exhibition Iijoki Relations will open at Kultuurrikauppila Art Center. The exhibition will feature new works created while in residency and a dual channel video-installation created with local inhabitants and is part of Art Ii Biennial 2018:

The opening is at 18h on May 16th and the exhibition can be visited until May 29th.
The opening hours are: sat-sun 11am – 3 pm, mon-fri 1pm – 6 pm at Taidekeskus KulttuuriKauppila Kauppilantie 15, 91100 Ii, Finland.

Facebook event for the opening:

May 19th a special edition of the Iijoki Relations video-installation will be shown at Nättepori in Ii, as part of a narration festival for senior residents.

May 29th Madsen and Steiner will premiere their electro-acoustic concert Surface Tension at the auditorium in Nättepori, Ii. The piece is also part of the Art Ii Biennial 2018.
The concert starts at 18h.

Facebook event:

Sound section on tmkm

performance art, research Posted on Mon, May 07, 2018 14:53:43

There is now a separate sound section on the main site

Body Resonance at Liebig12, Berlin (DE)

performance art, research Posted on Sat, June 03, 2017 18:13:55

Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen: Body Resonance
Sound installation at Liebig12

Liebigstraße 12 – 10247 Berlin

Opening date: June 15. 2017 // Closing date: June 22. 2017

Installation opening 15.06.17 from 18-22h:
18-20h // the first durational graphic notation will be created in the installation space
20h // introduction to the installation and its processes by the artist.

General opening hours:
June 16-18: 16-20 (from 16-18h the artist will do a durational notation in the back space).
June 19-21: 15-19 (from 15-17h the artist will do a durational notation in the back space).
Closing 22.06: 16-20 (from 16h-18h the artist will do the last durational notation and all previous notations will be presented in the installation space).

The sound installation Body Resonance originates from Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen’s extensive Body Interfaces performance work. The research deals with the threshold condition of the body in interaction with specific places and environments, creating a critical interaction and engagement. Body Resonance takes very literate the direct confrontation between the structural elements of the space and the body, where the soundscape is a recording of the artists body slamming into the walls and floors of an echoing empty space, created in the Hof Art Studio at the Skálar Sound Art Residency in Seyðisfjörður (IS), November 2015. The sounds of both the flesh of the body hitting the surfaces, its echoes, as well as the silent passages in-between, create a composition based on movement, intensity, and anticipation. In the installation, the recorded sound is installed, played and relocated in the empty frontal space of Liebig12, with only a transcript of the actions as a guide for the listener.

The space of Liebig12 will only be inhabited by the play-back of the sounds recorded, giving the visitors the opportunity to create their own connections, with a given choice to read the transcribed notated actions together with the sounds or simply just listen to the sounds themselves.

A crucial part of Madsen’s work is to rework and recreate performative processes. The artist will therefore do a durational processual notation responding to her own body sounds of the installation for 2 hours every day in the back space of Liebig12. The front space and the back space will be visually separated, to give the installation its own space and the artist working in response to the sounds an additionally own concentrated space. Total sonic separation is, however, not possible, nor intended. During this action the sound of the notation will fusion together with the body sounds of the installation, and thus create a new site-specific soundscape and mode of expression.

The transcribed actions are available on site as a printed artist booklet.

10.1.1 100 Continue, performance at Sofia Underground International Performance Art Festival

performance art, research Posted on Fri, April 28, 2017 11:57:03

Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen: Body Interfaces: 10.1.1 100 Continue, performance at the Sofia Underground International Performance Art Festival, 28.04.2017 at the electro-control room at the National Palace of Culture, Sofia (BG)

“The (body) may continue with its request. This interim response is used to inform the (body) that the initial part of the request has been received and has not yet been rejected by the (mind). The (body) SHOULD continue by sending the remainder of the request or, if the request has already been completed, ignore this response. The (mind) MUST send a final response after the request has been completed.” >

Body Interfaces is an artistic performance research by Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen that combines working with the body and (as) materiality in the tradition of site-specific performance art with an understanding of the body derived through a methodology coming from technology. The interface in Body Interfaces is inscribed in the body’s relation to the environment and the actions that it partakes in, with the body as an embodied technology in itself. It is a proposition to go beyond the mere body/machine dichotomy, the traditionally known Human Computer Interface and the contemporary more ubiquitous interface approach still depending on computer hardware and software. Instead the research aims at a representation and understanding of the interface as a crucial part of experiencing and sensing in everyday life, through and with the body. We now engage with the world, with our body as also technology that interfaces and activates relations through everyday practices.

Body Interfaces thus researches in the physical sensations and meeting points that the body has with the surroundings, inspired by tools and methods coming from studying the body in technology with the concept of the interface as its main focus point. For the Sofia Underground Performance Art Festival the HTML command ‘100 Continue’ is rewritten into a performance score to be performed with the body. The structure and the duration of the piece is nailed down to be a total of 10 acts of each 10 minutes duration, a divided sum that in total also equals 100 minutes. The performance thus deals with how time is structured by a principle, here both through the command line as well as the given parameter of the instruction chosen by the performer. Time will in this way be a central element in the structure of the piece, as well as it is an important part of the protocol controlling the performance.

Site-specificity is an essential part of the Body Interfaces research. The site is the departure point and data-feeder for the performances, where the senses become important catalysts for the interaction with the site as a vital part of the interfacing process. Body Interfaces wish to challenge and incorporate formats and terminologies inherent from technology and scientific practices; creating a DIY, open and analogue approach to these. The data collected through the actions will be notated on site as a part of the performance as a live scripting act.

> This paragraph is a modified version of the HTML 100 response to be found on various sites related to HTML, e. g. on the protocol lists at W3 and Connected: An Internet Encyclopedia,, the text in brackets is changed and inserted by the artist.

All photos by: Malte Steiner

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