was a Capture commission exhibited as part of the Capture Touring exhibition 2004/05 – produced by Portland Green

Gina Czarnecki and Iona Kewneys

Infected is a video installation about the nature of the physical body in the context of future technological possibilities, seen through dance and digitally manipulated images. The new bioengineered body is a sexual, stark, brutal, organic, pounding bloody system with ripping tendons. It is beautiful and repulsive, indulgent, curious, emotional, un/controlled, breeding, changing…. This work is made in collaboration with Iona Kewney, a Glasgow-based dance artist. It also features a specially commissioned score by Fennesz, whose computer manipulations of sounds are derived from guitar and other acoustic sources.

Gina Czarnecki works in time-based and digital media making single screen, photographic and installation works. Through sampling, generating and re-processing image and sound, she creates contemplative spaces with strong visual aesthetics. Her work focuses on the human, the physical, the biological and the psychological. More recently this work has been concerned with the ethical and cultural issues raised from scientific and technological advances in the fields of genetic engineering, as well as on the future commercial and non-commercial uses of these advances. Her work has been exhibited internationally including ISEA 1998 in Liverpool and Ars Electronica ‘life sciences’ in Linz, Austria in 1999. She won a prestigious Creative Scotland Award in 2002 for work on her interactive installation Silvers Alter, which was exhibited at the Natural History Museum, London in Summer 2003. Other recent exhibitions include Versifier, Installation in Remembrance at ACMI Melbourne, Australia, March-October 2003.

A Capture commission

Capture (2001-2008) was an Arts Council England fund managed by PORTLAND GREENTM from 2004 until 2008. It commissioned original art works that challenged the concept of screen-based dance by exploring new relationships between dance and film, video, new media and installation. Applications were encouraged from both established and emerging artists practising in the fields of dance, film, video, new media, installation and other disciplines.