Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base: Pia Lindman

Pia Lindman

Internationally known for The New York Times Project, performed in cities around the world, and her interactive performance and installation Public Sauna at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in 2000, Lindman explores how our bodies become the loci of interaction between private and public. Born in Espoo, Finland, Lindman received her MFA in 1996 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Finland and in 1999 as a Fulbright Scholar her Master of Science in Visual Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She now lives in New York. Currently artist-in-residence at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT, in 2008 she will be artist in residence at Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany. She has exhibited widely, among other in New York at Storefront for Art and Architecture Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art, the Sculpture Center, Artists Space; and internationally in Mexico City, Tokyo, London, Berlin, Paris, Vilnius, Warsaw, Vienna, and Helsinki. Her video series Thisplace is in the collection of MoMA, New York and Establishing Shots in the Queens Museum of Art. She is currently a lecturer at Yale University School of Art.
My art practice evolves around the themes of social context and space, as well as the performative aspect of making and experiencing art. My interest in social space stems from my studies in architecture, which eventually led me to study for a second master’s degree in art at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with public art artists such as Dennis Adams and Krzysztof Wodiczko, and performance artist Joan Jonas. I take the tradition of site-specific art as a point of departure, while addressing social, political, and economic conditions of a site. I create places for negotiation of diverse cultural, physical, and emotional knowledges – like Finnish sauna bathing tradition vs. American sensitivity to nudity. By artistic interventions into social contexts like the Public Sauna at P.S.1 in New York (2000), I aim to provoke passer bys to perform and experience a particular social practice, bringing about a re-evaluation of notions of corporeality and public sphere. Working with video, I perceive the act of recording as performative and part of the content of the work. In residency at the World Financial Center, I submerged a camera in the harbor nearby, in an attempt to create a point of access to an otherwise impenetrable corporate environment further rendered paranoid by the traumas of the World Trade Center disaster. As with video, my approach to drawing is informed by the tradition of performance art. After videotaping myself re-enacting gestures of mourning captured in photographs in the New York Times, I traced these gestures from video stills with pencil. By exhibiting both the tracings and the enactments, I tried to illuminate some of the relationships between a photograph, its mediation, and the idea of original content, in this instance human emotional reaction to terrorism. I have continued a process of learning through embodiment – reenactments and drawing – rather than mime and representation in works such as Corpcomm and with my residency at the humanoid robotics research group at MIT.

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Fascia ChairFascia, Squashed FaceLakonikon (part of the New York Times Project)Black Square (One drawing of the series. Part of the New York Times Project)The New York Times PerformancesViewing PlatformWaterline

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