BODIKON – bGeigie Nano as Art

Belmacz Gallery in London

Late last year we were approached by Julia Muggenburg, owner/director of the Belmacz Gallery in London, about presenting the Safecast project as part of their Bodikon exhibition, which opened on January 17, 2017 and runs through March 17, 2017. Many active Safecast volunteers are artists, musicians, or designers, and we often think about the implications of what we do in the broader context of history and culture. Though we’re confident of the bGeigie Nano’s appeal as a groundbreaking design object, we’ve avoided claiming that it is actually a work of art. But what is the art potential of a project like ours? We’re thankful that Julia has the vision to help us explore this.

The name “Bodikon” comes from a Japanese pop term for “body-conscious,” i.e. close-fitting and revealing fashion that became popular in Japan in the late 1980’s Tokyo disco scene. The Bodikon exhibition presents an extremely creative and diverse take on issues of the body and human identity as both a physical and mythical presence. In this context, the bGeigie serves as an enigmatic manifestation of invisible forces in the world – like radiation – which can affect the body and health, and also affect us psychologically and emotionally. The curators decided to display the bGeigie simply, hanging from its strap near the gallery entrance. In addition, artist Diego Miguel Mirabella selected text fragments from the Safecast blog to include in a group of printed textual pieces.

The bGeigie Nano as conceptual art.

From the start, Julia made it clear that she wanted to support and publicize Safecast, and gallery staff are on hand to provide more information about our project to visitors who express interest. We’re incredibly thankful for the unique exposure this provides. The Nano which is on display was lent by the French environmental NPO Iffo-RME , and was built by a volunteer in Paris and shipped to London.

We hope that friends and supporters who are in London will find time to visit the exhibition and let us know what they think.

(Images courtesy of Belmacz and the Artists. More description of the exhibition and photos here).

Belmacz Gallery

45 Davies Street

London W1K 4LX

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)20 7629 7863

Fax: +44 (0)20 7318 1575

http://www.belmacz.com

The bGeigie alongside works by Daniel Ferstl (top) and body ornaments by Julia Mugglesburg (in display case below).

Diego Miguel Mirabella’s work, which includes Safecast texts on paper: “L’albe ti scopre nella stessa posizione” 2013-2016 (brass, paper, ink, pencil, wood, gloss) 18x30x28cm

About the Author

Azby Brown

Azby Brown is Safecast's lead researcher and primary author of the Safecast Report. A widely published authority in the fields of design, architecture, and the environment, he has lived in Japan for over 30 years, and founded the KIT Future Design Institute in 2003. He joined Safecast in mid-2011, and frequently represents the group at international expert conferences.

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