Sophie Mars is a performance artist, dancer, dance movement therapist, movement director and body researcher. She is interested in participatory, sensory and immersive work exploring collective energy and idiosyncratic movement as new means of viewing and transforming space both physically and ontologically. Always interrogating the role of the body in today’s digital context, she uses virtual-, and augmented reality to explore physical and virtual interstices, creating uncanny, dreamlike worlds that are both familiar and utterly surreal. All her current work and collaborations are linked to her project ‘Mindful practices for a future body – or how to reprogramme ourselves’, in which she explores and examines new ways of relating to our bodies and environment.
°the future body is a shape shifter
°the future body understands all other bodies as intrinsically linked and parts of their own
°the future body performs ultrasonic rebirth rituals
°the future body transcends
°the future body is an extended body
°the future body transforms
°the future body understands its own agency
°the future body is intuitive
°the future body is resilient
°the future body can heal itself
°the future body is made of light
This work includes collaborations with frequent collaborators KEIKEN, a collective with a hybrid practice of collective critical thinking, art direction, technology and immersive experiences and HYDRA, artist, activist and fashion designer.
°'The Future is Fluid'
Digital Pleasure - Mira Digital Arts Festival, Barcelona, 2018
Curated by: Ana Drucker
Moderator: Zaiba Jabbar
Concept: KEIKEN, AGF Hydra, Sophie Mars, George Jasper Stone, Suzannah Pettigrew, Nati Cerutti
Sound: Nati Cerutti
Performers/Speakers: Sophie Mars, Issi Ramos (KEIKEN), AGF Hydra
°'Feel(s) 360' as part of Image Behaviour at ICA, London 2019
Exploring the body and its relationship to new technologies with Multi-screen projection, 360 video, gaming environments, sound and performance. The event hosted the world debut of Off World’s interactive 360 live stream and motion capture by target3D - supported by Arts Council England.
Collaborators: Keiken, Sakeema Crook, Suzannah Pettigrew, George Jasper Stone, Sophie Mars
°'Feel my Metaverse: Behind this screen I am on the real earth', Transmediale, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin 2020
This gamified performance is an extension of the CGI film Feel My Metaverse, a work in The Eternal Network exhibition. The piece speculates on a post-climate disaster world in which humans escape into a metaverse of virtual worlds, shown through the daily lives of three characters. This live event lets the audience become part of collective world-building, triggering interactive visuals and sound. The immersive environment uses unpublished software built by Off World to generate a live interactive virtual world with the performer dancing in both physical and virtual space simultaneously via a motion capture suit.
°'Mindful practices for a future body Part I' as part of 'Hydra regenerating rituals 'collaboration with HYDRA, as part of 'Superhost' curated by Like a little disaster and Pane Projects, Polignano a Mare, Italy 2019
Exploring organic interfaces: dissolving the boundary between the physical and digital when
performing rituals and acts of care.
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