My Self, the Body (SXSW 2018)

For the third part of the ongoing research series titled ‘INTERVENING SPACE: My Self, the Body’ I am researching the audio of my body. Investigating the internal body sounds without the use of computers or audio software. I am working as “analogue” as possible by using my two constructed micro phonic stethoscopes to do a live body investigation. I create rhythms by transforming my body into a resonance (box).

This work was especially developed for my performance at SXSW2018 (South by South West in Austin, Texas, USA) as being part of the collective platform ‘The Living Museum’. It is a very intimate live performance, my first short-duration work, in which I use my own body to demonstrate my internal body sounds at that specific moment; the music that lives inside me.

Joost van Bellen was there, in Austin, and wrote about his experience during my live performance (many thanks, dear Joost):
“I had the immense pleasure of undergoing a surprise performance by Lisette Ros, during my visit to Austin, Texas’s South By South West festival. FYI: I have been around and saw and heard many artists and their shows. It’s not easy to blow me away. But Intervening Space by Mme. Ros did.

‘INTERVENING SPACE: My Self, the Body’ is a disturbing experience. It alienates but at the same time devours the viewer. It’s science fiction artificial, showing a lifelike malfunctioning robot woman, laid out naked and covered in what might well be transparent synthetic body fluids. But the robot body slowly starts to come alive and moves to animal like convulsions and spasms and from seductive to downright explicit porn-star like positions. 

The only sound heard is her body: her breath, her bowel movements, her heartbeat, the blood that rushes through her veins. It’s a complete mind fuck: a strange naked alien body that makes your brains and loins work over time.

‘INTERVENING SPACE: My Self, the Body’ has to be experienced in these times of conservatism, narrow mindedness, bigotry, fake online personas and a future filled with humanoids, artificial intelligence and sex robots.”

Read the article Jay Gabler wrote about The Living Museum at SXSW2018 for ‘The Current’ here.

Performance at The Waag Society, Amsterdam

Talk at Pakhuis de Zwijger about the Dutch (New Dutch Wave) contribution to SXSW 2018.

© Lisette Ros
© Video work by Moving Creations
© Photography black/white Misha de Ridder
© Photography screens Pakhuis de Zwijger Ben Houdijk