Film Screening: Superstudio, Life Supersurface & Ceremony; Daria Martin, Soft Materials and Sensorium Tests

December 20, 2013, 6:30PM

Location

Bartos Theatre
20 Ames Street Building E15
Cambridge, MA 02139

Superstudio, Life Supersurface (1972) and Ceremony,  (1973), (22 min.), DVD

Daria Martin, Soft Materials, (10 min., 5 sec) 16mm  (2004)

Daria Martin, Sensorium Tests, (10 min.), 16mm, (2012)

Life Supersurface was the first of five films entitled Five Fundamental Acts planned by the 1970s Italian architectural collective Superstudio. Addressing the first of these acts, the film presents “an alternative model for life on earth.” Ceremony, starring members of the group, addresses the significance of tradition and domestic ritual, illustrating how life spontaneously erupts around ceremonies.

Soft Materials was shot in the Artificial Intelligence Lab at the University of Zurich where scientists research ‘embodied artificial intelligence’. The film introduces a group of robots to two performers, their bodies mimicking responding, and touching.

In Sensorium Tests, Martin uses staged scenarios based on an experiment into the neurological condition called ‘mirror-touch synaesthesia’ People with this condition experience a physical sense of touch on their own bodies when they see other people, or sometimes even objects being touched.  The film explores how sensations might be created and shared between people and objects.

For more information, contact:

Mark Linga
mlinga@mit.edu
[617] 324-4565