Silvia Benedito + C. Alexander Häusler: Pneuma(tic) Bodies


Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 12:00pm to 7:00pm

Repeats every day until Sun Feb 21 2016 except Mon Feb 08 2016, Tue Feb 09 2016, Mon Feb 15 2016, Tue Feb 16 2016


Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St., Level 1

Exhibition dates: February 3-21, 2016
Presented byCarpenter Center for the Visual Arts
Hours: Galleries: 12–7, Wed–Sun
Free and open to the public

Performance + Reception

with Jill Johnson and Hans Tutschku
Wed, Feb 3, 6 pm
Reception to follow

On Feb 3, Jill Johnson, dancer, choreographer and Director of Dance at Harvard, and Hans Tutschku composer and Director of the Harvard University Studio for Electroacoustic Composition, perform in response to the installation of Pneumatic Bodies. Free and open to the public. 

Pneuma(tic) Bodies is an installation of sculptures and photographs that explores the relationship shared by the human body, objects, and architectural space through the enveloping medium of air. Three large, balloon–like forms made of thin plastic material occupy considerable visual and physical areas on Level 1 of the Carpenter Center. The objects continuously inflate via small cooling ventilators typically used to regulate temperature in personal computers. Their soft, translucent–membrane surfaces tremor slightly as air blows inside, while the forms move subtly across the floor in response to shifting air currents caused by visitors coming and going, doors opening and closing. The motion and scale of these lifelike globular forms interrupts the rigid architectural schema designed by Le Corbusier with his concept of the “Modulor,” an ideal system of proportions relating the human body and the architectural environment. In addition to sculptures, large–scale photographs made with extended exposure processes capture a human figure in motion in front of a black surface, imprinting its movements on paper. Referring to the term’s dual etymology as both spirit and breath, Pneuma(tic) Bodies is a stirring, atmospheric installation that encourages reflection on the permeable and unstable qualities of the human form, often guided by fluctuating currents, while making visible the usually undetectable consequences of our movement through architectural space. 

The Interstitial

Pneuma(tic) Bodies is part of The Interstitial, a CCVA program that takes advantage of the time and physical space between exhibitions. The Interstitial hosts performances, installations and other time-based events that transpire over the course of an evening or several days.