Tiffany Trenda - CODAME Featured Artist
The possibilities of artistic expression are endless. What American digital performance artist Tiffany Trenda does is hard to describe, it must be experienced to be appreciated. Her performances and installations explore the qualities of human flesh as represented in media. She uses screen and imaging technologies, such as LCDs and video projections, to create a performance that encompasses the digital environment. With these elements, she interchange her identity and her physical body with screens. Thus asking the question—how far can we push the visceral qualities of the body until it becomes unrecognizable?
Tiffany creates a platform for questioning the boundary of where the digital impression and the physical body begin and end. The viewer is physically and visually immersed in the process of how the psyche evolves to relate to the screen (LCD, television, cinema, or a computer). We are not only dealing with issues of machine-implemented bodies but our identities and how human connection seen through digital material. So, we are not only using man-made objects to extend and enhance our life, but our social activity has transpired through only the screen apparatus. As technological devices continually become a part of our daily lives, we relate to these them as if they are part of our skin. This will change how we see others and ourselves with the merging of the human body with new technology.
Tiffany will present her new piece Proximity Cinéma. In Proximity Cinéma, Tiffany Trenda continues her investigation into the relationship of the body and screen (LCD, Computer Screen, etc.). Her new performance is inspired by the Valie Export piece “Tap and Touch” and will focus on personal space in regards to mobile devices. The artist will be completely covered in a synthetic suit with forty small 2.6” LCD cell phone screens. The image on these devices will change depending on how far away the viewer is from the artist. This interactive performance will entail having the artist invade the viewer’s personal space and vice versa, the viewer will be in the artists’ space. Trenda will remain silent making all interaction happen with only the use of proximity and touch making the body as the only point of interface. Proximity Cinema is about how our personal interactions on mobile devices have reorganized our boundary systems. Mobility has decentralized communication by making our private connections become public. She wants to question if this compression of time and space has affected the proximity of our social relationships.
Photo (top): Body Code live performance by Tiffany Trenda. Photo taken by Julie Nymann.
Meet Tiffany at our CODAME FASHION+MUSIC Event June 26th, 2013 from 7pm-2am at Public Works, San Francisco.