“Topography of the body” is a hypnotic narrative about the human body as a wireless transceiver. Based on the theories of dr. Giuseppe Calligaris (1876–1944), a neurologist whose central research interest was the body-mind reflex chains. He discovered that human skin is covered with a network of hyperaesthetic lines, which – when stimulated with specific tools or a low electrical current – affect physiology and perception of a person and lead to psychic abilities. Each body-mind unit is part of a vast network spanning across space and time, and thus have access to all information ever produced. In this self-generating database, everything is being continuously uploaded, shared, and displayed on the screens of individual minds. To complement the Calligaris’ theory, other references are weaved into the narrative: e.g. holomovement of David Bohm, excerpts from the works of Karen Barad, or the theory of acupuncture.
Malgorzata Zurada (PL) is an interdisciplinary artist currently based in Zurich (CH). She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (MFA 2002) and participated in exhibitions, educational and artist-in-residence programs around Europe, Asia, and the United States. Her area of interest revolves around the notions of meaning and belief. She develops her works from esoteric theories and rituals of past and present. The main areas of her research are visual languages connected to various belief systems and means of coding secret knowledge. She is a recipient of many grants and awards, including the scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland in 2016.