What does it mean to be human? How does my body relate to machines and how does my body relate to nature? These are questions that photographer, video artist and performer Isabelle Wenzel (1982, DE) explores in her new video work Automatia. In a series of scenes, we see an androgynous protagonist (the artist) making abstract movements. She is not alone: her partner is a drone. It follows her every move, swaying back and forth, bobbing up and down. They are two bodies, at times connected, at times detached from each other, moving in desolate landscapes somewhere in the world. These landscapes symbolise the loneliness of the protagonist: a barren dry plain, a field in winter where the stumps of the harvested crop protrude from the black ground – yellow and barren, a studio with a green screen, a deserted car park outside a hardware store.
Automatia is presented as a diptych in the gallery. On two screens arranged in a corner, the images move asynchronously alongside each other. In doing so, Isabelle appears to be performing a pas de deux, or rather a pas de quatre. During Amsterdam Art, a third element will be added. Isabelle will be giving a live performance, creating a performative sculpture in the space that enters into a dialogue with the projections. She will mimic the movements seen on the screen, bringing together past, present and future.