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José Salinas
Disembodiment

Disembodiment: 1. To free (the soul or spirit) from the body / 2. To divest of substance. Disembodiment is a process of becoming, a consequence of the body occupying and experiencing the city, and one that divests our bodies of their material existences, distorting and transforming our physical states by increasing the a priori un-sensed condition to a point where we are able to perceive more clearly the distance between and/or the border separating our bodies and our minds.

The various environments and living spaces accommodated by the city provoke differing processes of disembodiment, and these generate processes of alienation within the body, and also, in human identity and behavior.

Disembodiment, a solo installation in 2008 at A trans Pavilion at Hackesche Höfe Berlin, curated by Isolde Nagel within the framework of the exhibition series An intimac(it)y, explores the obscure relationship between the body and its urban context.

The A trans Pavilion is located in a very particular urban condition. Its interior is directly exposed to the surrounding urban context, with which it manifests a strong connection. The installation explored the strength of this connection by generating an interior living space which exposed the individual’s personal and disembodied interiority to the embodied or disembodied context. The interior was experienced as an intimate lived space set on an elevated artificial level, one surrounded by high definition Ilfochromes presenting the relationship Body—Building—City within its skin. The installation photos capture the intimate relationship between the artificiality of the interior spaces we inhabit and the artificial urban context that surrounds our living spaces. The interior space projects onto the exterior becoming part of the urban context and the exterior urban context is perceptually integrated in the interiority of the gallery space. Indeed, the photos capture the perception and sense of space changing through time, as lighting conditions change the reflections and color interactions between the urban context and the gallery space, thereby reinforcing the interactions between our intimacy, living space, and urban context.

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