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March 16, 2010

Infectious Manipulation by Stina Pehrsdotter and Niclas Hallberg was first performed for Manipulated Image

Experimental Short Videos Co-curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne and Alysse Stepanian on Friday, March 12, 2010 Santa Fe Complex. Santa Fe, USA.)

Described as a form of avant-garde or conceptual art, performance art is traditionally defined by the incorporation of four basic elements: time, space, the performer’s body and the audience. However, these defining elements have become more fluid as New Media Technologies are now commonly used in performance art to alter the time, space and/or the interaction between the performer’s body and the audience. In the case of Infectious Manipulation, Stina and Niclas have used real-time live broadcast video over the Internet incorporating a digital projection and 4 monitors with previous recorded material contributing to the complexity of the performance piece.

The negative impact that ego has on listening skills is major because ego dictates the perspective from which we listen. “The concept is to visualize other people’s infectious power and egocentric orientation. You have to protect yourself from outer impact, from non-listeners and self-absorbed humans, and create a shelter to maintain your own strength.

Stina Pehrsdotter (Sweden, 1966)

Stina is a curator and artist, autodidact, working in video, photo, street, installation, object and performance art inspired by the human body and its environment. During the last years she has focused on the body’s desires and needs, wishes and loss. She explores the meaning of human life by diving deep into herself. In her works she often reflects on the connection between mind, body and soul, and tensions between body and environment. Her work can be seen as an exploration of existence and memories. Stina Pehrsdotter has participated in numerous exhibitions at home and abroad. She is engaged in different international video collaborations, shown at festivals and exhibitions. As a curator, she has arranged many showings in a variety of contexts, and as being one of the founders of Formverk (art zone), an artist-run exhibition place; she has a broad network of other artists and independent art initiatives.

Niclas Hallberg (1965, Sweden)

Niclas Hallberg is a freelance artist since the last 10 years. Working in video, photo, installation, performance and painting. His experimental works deals with questions concerning identities, masculinity and humanity. He is using the moving picture to express feelings, make changes or to document a performance. He often uses himself as an actor and thereby he creates a feeling of intimacy. Niclas Hallberg has participated in several solo and group exhibitions in Sweden and abroad, and has made videos and photos commissioned by other artists and museums. He works in several international projects, focused on collaboration and exchanges resulting in exhibitions and video screenings, and also in different art projects together with artists from around the world. Niclas Hallberg founded Formverk (art zone) 2004, together with Stina Pehrsdotter, an experimental exhibition and project space in Eskilstuna, Sweden.

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