Catinca Tabacaru, Bucharest
Catinca Tabacaru Gallery proposes a solo presentation of performance and performance-video works by London-based Romanian artist Catinca Malaimare, an expression of the artist’s interrelation with, and ownership of, technological dance partners.
Intimacy between human and machine is also captured in the main motorised and moving multi-screen sculpture as it depicts the artist fetishing her interactions with LED-lamps, these celestial objects who have forgotten their terrestrial ancestry. Beyond the screens, simulating the horizontal, aperture-like motion of an elevator’s mesh, laced door, another human body invades the physical space, depicted in a large-format photograph where Malaimare cuddles with an LED photography light with eight parts held together by a circular core, a shape similar to a spider or a withering flower. And you, as a spectator, interrupt this intimate caged moment, by staring directly down the camera lens and becoming an incidental voyeur and accidental choreographer.
Malaimare’s corporeal practice doesn’t use objects as mere props, and it doesn’t author the human body as the actor upon a simple device, instead, it aims to animate the object through a unique disposition of motion, affect, and sense. In this register of sterility and sanctity of movement exists a paradoxical combination of moods, something between impulsivity and detachment. The haptic level is reconsidered. To ask for pleasure from a screen implies a consideration of surrounding machines as new limbs. Adjusting the body to its new tentacles affects the element of desire. How one experiences desire; and how one satisfies the desire of the other. What occurs when these exchanging bodies are not both human? These questions determine much of the video work’s location which is better described as existing inside the enchantment of technology versus inside of any recognizable space.