(1) Three images by Monika Dorniak, work was performed by Nena Robertson and Barbara Agostini, London, 2017.
(2) I am a multi-media artist exploring rhizomatic connections by engaging with the disciplines Philosophy, Science, Design and Art. In 2017 I graduated from MA Art and Science at Central Saint Martins, UAL with a dissertation and artistic work suggesting possibilities to reclaim the alienated Self. I was nominated for my work with the Studiomakers Prize by Tiffany & co. X Outset. Throughout the past decade I have presented and exhibited my work internationally and held workshops on the exploration of body and mind, partly in collaboration with dancers. My long-term research on the human body and mind develops in relation to the environment we inhabit(ed) and the consequences of cultural and technological changes in the Anthropocene. By using objects and methods from fashion design for my artistic research, I am entering the system with a sociopolitical intention and apply it to my performative practice. My main interest is the understanding of past rituals of making fashion, and the powerful effects of fashion on a manipulable consumer society. My upbringing in an artisanal and agricultural family influenced my practice as well as my German, Polish and Lithuanian roots that were marked by the trauma of sociopolitical events.
(3) Mutabili Numerus (OOO) is a project of my ongoing experimental research projects in which I am exploring the relation between the Self, Community, and Clothing, in an ongoing collaboration with performers. Together with the participants I am discussing the possibilities of 'reclaiming' the Self, and re-thinking ways of performing, and wearing/making dress. Returning to past handworks and somatic practices, such as contemporary dance could treat man-made damages, yet reclaiming the self demands an examination of man-made failure and a collective solution. Our media culture is shaped by a white, male perspective, to change this system it needs the active, productive participation of minority groups. In my work I am sharing my sociopolitical, psychological and philosophical research with the performers, in order to strengthen and establish a community, simultaneously I want to visualise the process of 'reclaiming' through the performers embodiment of my research. The performers are not asked to perform for the camera as an object, but instead perform with the awareness of being the seen, hence becoming the subject that is aware of the viewer, without serving him/her as the object.
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