Bodytalk translates the heartbeat of two bodies into synchronous light signals. The installation has a mirrored setting of sensors and seating, arranging two individuals to sit in front of each other, with glowing light bulbs in between.
Sitting on one of the chairs, the arm of the participants are recommended to be placed on the line, leading to the green light, fingertip positioned loosely on the puls sensor. Placing the hands in a position this close to each other, the setting of Bodytalk is provoking an uncommon nearness without evoking the participants to touch.
Exposing the own heartbeats to another person is the sharing of intimate information. This signal is usually transmitted haptically in situations of physical closeness. Bodytalk is presenting it visually to be observed by the other person and to be seen by oneself. Being aware of the reveal, face to face to your counterpart, might result in a stimulation of the own pulse.
Nathalie Gebert is a visual artist and interdisciplinary researcher working in the fields of new media art and experimental design of new technologies. She is currently studying at the University of the Arts in Bremen. Her work revolves around installations and research on the relationships between technologies, non-human life and techno-feminism. Using experimental methods to reinvent ways of inter- and intraspecific communication, she explores the individual properties, history and potential of materials. Being co-editor of the href zine, she is investigating technoid natures, landscapes and symbioses and combines curatorial practice with the examination of critical and utopian theories.