Recent performance-based work by 2005-6 Center Fellow Pia Lindman looks at the difference between mimesis and embodiment. In efforts to distinguish biological and biomechanical realities of emotion from affect (the social manifestation of emotion), Lindman performs reenactments of both machines and humans.
During Summer and Fall 2005, Lindman "learned" the habits of the robots and their makers at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the Media Lab. Her work was on view at MIT Museum's Compton Gallery in Spring 2006.
Born in Espoo, Finland, Pia Lindman received her MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Finland, and then as a Fulbright scholar received a Master of Science in Visual Studies from MIT’s Visual Art Program where, in 2004-5, she was also a lecturer. In New York, Lindman has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center; Luxe Gallery; the lab gallery, and was in residency with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She has also shown in Mexico, Austria, Germany, Sweden, Lithuania, the UK, Norway, France, and Japan. In New York she has performed with the LMCC, The Sculpture Center, and the lab gallery; upcoming venues include Artists Space (PERFORMA 05), Andrew Kreps Gallery, and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics; international performance venues include Galeria de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City; Kunsthalle and Kiasma, Helsinki; AnnArt, Romania; Galleri QQ, Krakow; and Jutempus, Vilnius, among others. Her video series Thisplace is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Lindman has lectured at Columbia University, Yale, NYU, RISD, and Institut Française d'Architecture in Paris and has received numerous awards, including those from Arts Council of Finland, FRAME (Finnish Fund for Art Exchange), and the Council for the Arts at MIT. Her essay on her artwork New York Times 09/02-09/03 was published 2005 in the book Art in the Age of Terrorism: Gestures in the Space of the Unspeakable edited by Graham Coulter-Smith and Maurice Owen.