Fine Art

Alienation of the Human Body

Irma van Doornmalen
Practice Autonomous Practices
Project Public and Private
Major Fine Art
Year Fourth Year

I aim to combine art and science within the bounds of spatial experiences. ‘VACUUM’ is the tangible installation in response to ‘PLASTICITY’, my performance in an abandoned laboratory on the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam*. Inspired by the nanotechnology STM vacuum machine and the cutting tables of laboratory I am working on a self-contained vacuum machine. This machine will bring a (model of) a human body within a vacuum by following a mechanical rhythm.

*I have followed an additional external minor: Brain&Mind / VU Amsterdam

Nomination: Drempelprijs 2018

Working on the sculpture for VACUUM

Having a background in neuroscience, I aim to combine art and science within spatial experiences I like to create by using performance, installation, video, light and sound, where the consciousness/alienation of our own human body is the main concept.

A scanning tunneling microscope (STM) is an instrument for imaging surfaces at the atomic level.

The installation comes with video projection and sound to emphasise the objectivity of our own body.


VACUUM / Sculpture (plexiglass), video still


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