The Pacemaker

Lidija Kononenko is a student from the Royal Academy of Arts in London, whose practice investigates methodologies of scientific research into the human condition. Her artwork ‘31-3594’ won the Art of Neuroscience 2020 in which she explores the nervous system in an interactive way. ‘The Pacemaker’ is an animation film exploring endurance training and emotional complexities in romantic relationships.

The Pacemaker [excerpt], 2019, 4K video projection, stereo sound, 7 min 6 sec looped

The Pacemaker is an animation film exploring endurance training and emotional complexities in romantic relationships. Directed by research into physiology and anatomy alongside personal writing, parallels are drawn between a lover’s and a runner’s ‘high’. As the subject attempts to extend their own emotional and physical parameters, the narrative inquires the notion of freedom in a culture driven by efficiency and self-optimisation.

Installation view, The Pacemaker, Royal Academy of Arts, 2019, London. Copyright and courtesy of the artist.

Situating in a linguistic and anatomical framework, my practice investigates methodologies of scientific research into the human condition. Through interlacing the personal with the analytical, the works explore different modes of understanding the body and embodiment, ranging from visual expression of emotion to physical exertion, from falling in love to falling asleep. Through use of assimilated information and technology, the works consider the biomedical expansion and influence on a Westernised desire for certainty.

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https://lidijakononenko.com/

 

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