“What is Body Ownership to you? Do you have, make and/or are you a body?”, we asked three interview partners: Jorge Giraldo, a former sergeant in the Colombian conflict and filmmaker, Lilith Border, a trans* activist and folklore dancer in Medellín, and Gwen Schulz in Hamburg, an anti-stigma educator and mental health worker drawing from her own experiences in psychiatric institutions. We edited their answers to the video VOICES. It is a polyphonic narration on losing and regaining ownership over bodies. Their words give shape to the relationships between societal gaze and body configuration. While listening to their voices, Jorge, Lilith and Gwen stand silently in front of the camera, open to meet the gaze of the viewer.
Concept: Brenda I. Steinecke Soto & Kirstin Burckhardt
Performance: Jorge Andrés Giraldo Antía, Lilith Natasha Border, Gwen Schulz
Camera: Oscar Molina
Sound, post production: Tobias Gronau
BRENDA I. STEINECKE SOTO
Choreographer, mover and cultural manager with a MA in Philosophy and Hispanic Studies. Founder and director of the Espacio Arte Foundation, a non-profit organization that engages with artistic-social projects in Medellín. Steinecke Soto work oscillates between an expanded concept of choreography and visual arts, constantly reformulating the relationship between performer-human-product and audience.
Kirstin Burckhardt (b. in South Africa) is a visual artist combining video and performance with sound and spoken word. Critically drawing upon her training in psychology and neuroscience, her practice addresses power dynamics intertwined with the body. Continuously questioning what defines a body, her artistic research focuses on interpersonal space as a locus of sensitivity that surpasses the body-mind duality in favor of empathy, transgenerational trauma, and the power of imagination. http://www.k-burckhardt.de
Interview to Brenda I. Steinecke Soto and Kirstin Burckhardt, talking about their creative experience. Filmed via long distance computer call: SKYPE.