Im Rahmen des BAI Studioprogrammes, an dem Allard van Renterghem seit Januar 2018 teilnimmt, erarbeitete er die interaktive Videoinstallation the other body.

2018, interaktive Videoinstallation, 165 cm x 40 cm x 40 cm, Loop (4’00)

‘the other body’ is an interactive video installation addressing intercorporeal communication in the digital era. The video on loop displays an individual breathing, enframing only the stomach. During proxemic interaction, a form of non-verbal communication involving the relative distance between two bodies, an audiovisual response is generated consisting of a change in respiratory rate. When the interacting individual comes closer to the other body, an increase in the breathing-frequency can be observed — mimicking normal human physiology. When the relative distance increases, the breathing-frequency goes down. From this bodily engagement, an affective or emotional environment arises which is intersubjective, shared between audience and artwork.

This work aims to sensitize the audience to interactions and subsequent intersubjectivity, to stimulate awareness of embodiment, to question human-digital relations.” (Allard van Renterghem)