Ballade of women : embodiment to trigger knowledge

A. Trotto, P. Marti, N. Papworth, J.P.A. Peeters, M. Tittarelli, C.C.M. Hummels, N. True, B. Yttergren, F. Nilbrink

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    Ballade of Women is an interactive exhibition that aims at exploring human rights from a female perspective. It leverages on the concept of engagement through embodiment. Visitors of the exhibition are actors of the dynamic landscape that shapes around them and because of them. Visitors, through their sensitivity, interact with the installation in a continuous, dynamic and meaningful dialogue. They learn, grow and form a stance, because they are actively engaged with the content through their experience in this dynamic space. In one space, three original paintings are presented. Each painting is linked to a theme in women’s rights. In another space, an interactive installation that plays and elaborates on these themes is located. In the installation, representations of these three painting are fragmented and float in the space, much as the information we have about their subjects has been fragmented through history. Set on rotating spindles, these fragments resist attempts by the viewer to capture them as a whole. These screens only provide a complete view of the paintings at selected times and from specific viewpoints. When the screens are positioned in a fragmented way, they display media coming from online groups, discussing issues addressed in the exhibition. The screens’ movement is influenced by the physical presence of observers and by the online discussions. Software continuously monitors online discussions and news related to the treated themes, forming an input for the installation and influencing the speed of movements. In addition, a soundscape allows the viewer to pick up fragments of selected poems related to the three themes. Verses are whispered and vanish, immediately after being heard. This dynamic experience suggests that each of us can contribute to compose a harmonious picture of the complex and controversial world of women's rights, by approaching it, and by being confronted with points of view of other people, facing the same topics from different perspectives all over the world.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNodem 2013 Conference, December 1-4 2013, Stockholm, Sweden
    Place of PublicationStockholm
    PublisherNodem Repository
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    Eventconference; Nodem 2013 Conference; 2013-12-02; 2013-12-03 -
    Duration: 2 Dec 20133 Dec 2013


    Conferenceconference; Nodem 2013 Conference; 2013-12-02; 2013-12-03
    OtherNodem 2013 Conference


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