The artist Anna Anderegg stands in front of six screens in "HopeMe." In this dynamic landscape of screens, her body encounters multiple digital versions of itself. The performer's movements contrast and intertwine with the video sequences on the screens, creating a hybrid body that blurs the boundaries between the physical and the digital.
"HopeMe" is a performance that reflects on societal notions of female beauty and body images, exploring forms of self-presentation in the digital world. The hope for a more beautiful, better, more attractive, and more fitting body is particularly visible today as a social phenomenon in social media and online platforms. Beauty is performed in the digital realm, with people self-staging, observing, and evaluating each other. "HopeMe" examines the underlying mechanisms and asks: How do physical bodies change under the influence of digital (self-)representation? How do analog and digital bodies inform and transform each other? What societal ideal images emerge, and how can they be challenged?
In "HopeMe," the videos are projected onto a total of six screens, which are constantly rearranged, creating different spatial constellations. The body on stage is thus in constant interaction with digital image manipulations, abstract pixel landscapes, and microscopic shots of individual body parts. The digital recordings fragment the body or make it appear distorted and disintegrated through glitches.
In this process, ideal images are not only made visible but also deconstructed. On stage, the digital sphere and its malleability are transformed into a space where beauty ideals and norms can be transformed. Anna Anderegg's artistic practice focuses on the interplay between body and space, always questioning how social, urban, or architectural spaces influence the body, its movements, and its needs.
"HopeMe" is the third performative work in which the performance artist explores the feedback processes between the analog and digital worlds. She incorporates video sequences as a 'digital body' into her work. Anderegg understands the montage and projection possibilities of film material as part of the choreography. They offer the opportunity to shape, rearrange, and reflect on the body and movement in physical space.