in Collaborations | 15 AUG 18

Olivia Erlanger, 2017

"Body Electric"

in Collaborations | 15 AUG 18

Courtesy Rob Low Studio
Courtesy Rob Low Studio
Courtesy Rob Low Studio

Courtesy Rob Low Studio

Courtesy Graham Carlow/Frieze

BMW Open Work 2017
Olivia Erlanger
Body Electric

Project website:

Olivia Erlanger's Body Electric conjures fictional tales inspired by science-fiction, economic flows and integrated design. Bringing together digital and sculptural elements, the artwork will be triggered by viewers moving between spaces and devices. Part of Erlanger’s immersive installation will occupy the BMW Lounge at Frieze London. Three motion-sensitive benches—the oldest industrial element placed in public contexts—will act as an audio device, inviting audiences to sit and listen to real and fictional testimonies about an ecological event. A thick mist of fog and blue light will create an immersive atmosphere of limited visibility, constantly changing in response to oil price variations.

The second part of Body Electric will be experienced in the BMW Courtesy Car Service, where a selection of videos will visually extend the fictional testimonies.

In addition, a new website will be the project’s final landing platform. Drawing inspiration from current and future technologies,  Body Electric speculates on the changing relationship between humans and their environment, as an increasingly unpredictable natural world mediates and distorts our bodily experience.


Photo Credit: Maxwell Tomlinson

Olivia Erlanger (b.1990, New York, NY)  is a sculptor and writer based in New York City. Recent projects include, a. or fifty thousand at 83 Pitt St. New York; Dripping Tap at Mathew, New York and The Oily Actor at What Pipeline, Illinois. Recent group shows include: Eric Schmid is an Idiot, Cave, Illinois; Other People’s Things, Brown University, RI; Daydream from 2013, CANADA, NY. Erlanger was recently a fellow at IdeasCity 2017 in Arles, France and a visiting artist at Brown University in 2016. She co-authored Garage with Luis Ortega Govela, the forthcoming second edition is with MIT Press due out in fall 2018 and the two are currently directing a documentary. 

Frieze London
4 - 8 October, 2017
The Regent's Park, London