Analivia Cordeiro, Cambiantes, 1976
Analivia Cordeiro. From Body to Code
Jan 28 – Apr 23, 2023
ZKM | Center for Art and Media
Karlsruhe, Germany

A pioneer of video and computer art, Analivia Cordeiro has been exploring the relationships between the body, movement, visual and audiovisual art, and media art since the early 1970s.

Her seminal 1973 work “M 3×3” is considered the first video artwork to come out of South America and internationally one of the first dance choreographies created specifically for video, using computer image processing to notate the dance movements. The retrospective Analivia Cordeiro: From Body to Code at the ZKM presents for the first time an overview of the complete oeuvre of the artist, choreographer, and architect, as well as enabling her historical video performances and computer dances of the 1970s and 1980s to enter into dialogue with a selection of her works from 1990 to the present.

Cordeiro’s works open up numerous perspectives for experiencing body movements. The exhibition therefore explicitly invites visitors to reexperience their own physical dances in space via the interactive installations and a dance motion capture app developed by the artist. The artist’s principle becomes clear in the exhibition: “No matter what age, no matter how much dance experience, everyone can learn through movement.”

The exhibition is part of the program series Female Perspectives dedicated to female positions in Media Art. The artists are Soun-Gui Kim, Marijke van Warmerdam, Analivia Cordeiro and Ulrike Rosenbach.