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statement | technical statement
Effect explores the nature of human interaction, investigating and
exposing social behavior and communicative codes through their interactive
installations and objects. In FRONT, two humans don ceremonial conflict-suits
which inflate in response to their shouts and growls. The victim and
the aggressor experience a distortion of body that affects both themselves
and the other simultaneously. A dialogue is established. Internal
conflicts become external via body transmutation.
Both aggressive and defensive inflation systems
work to distort and manipulate the body of the wearer; armpit sacs
push the arms up away from the body; neck sacs push the head up and
obscure vision. The suits are not just an expression of the wearer's
actions, but also action upon them, so the suits read as both a ceremonial
expression of conflict, and as a physical manifestation of the consequences
of rage, aggression and submission.
When the suits have been publicly exhibited, they
have elicited a very active response from the wearer. They create
a space in which people perform playful aggression and domination/submission
actions. The suits make emotion, intent and response visible through
the more overt, corporeal mechanisms that some creatures have retained,
and the human body has largely lost. It draws attention and makes
analogies to what physical expression humans have left; shouting,
gesturing, cowering and blushing.