The Show Where the Human Body is the Exhibition Space
The human body can be a wonderland with all its curves and orifices, it can inspire artworks and even be art itself. But an online exhibition part of the 9th Berlin Biennale has used the body and all its holes as an exhibition space. “Body Holes” is a project that intends to customise, or better yet, reimagine — through the seven openings of the human body — the well-known white cube in a gallery. “If the body were a museum, there would be seven galleries,” says New Scenario (Paul Barsch & Tilman Hornig) — the duo behind the aptly named project.
In order to make “Body Holes” possible, New Scenario asked numerous emerging artists including Yves Scherer, Bruno Zhu and Carson Fisk-Vittori to produce miniature art that could fit in the body part it was assigned to them. Once the art pieces were finished, over 40 different holes were used to exhibit them in a digital space that brilliantly showcases the body in all its diversity. “Indeed, when using something as political as a body as your exhibiting space, representation becomes a new concern,” said New Scenario for The Creators Project. “It would be a pointless endeavour to replace white walls with white butts.”
For the young artists, the project is not a suggestion to end the use of the white cube, but instead a portrayal of what can be achieved by considering the environment as a supplement to the artwork. In “Body Holes”, New Scenario aims to present the audience with images that are both visually and intellectually stimulating, and by no means taboo or inappropriate. Take a look at the seven sub-galleries in “Body Holes”, curated by New Scenario in collaboration with O Fluxo for the BB9 below. Please be aware that some images are NSFW.
Concept and Curation: Paul Barsch & Tilman Hornig
Co-curated by: Nuno Patrício aka O Fluxo
Photos: Paul Barsch & Tilman Hornig (except “Rainbowlips” by BLUNTxSKENSVED)