Nadja Buttendorf

Artist description

Nadja Buttendorf (1984) is a multidisciplinary visual artist based in Berlin. Buttendorf is specialized in questions of cybernetic enhancements of the human body, alien speculative scenarios and posthuman jewellery. She is a founding member of the Cyborgs e.V. Berlin and is known to have coined the term 'Explants'.

Nadja studied from 2006-2012 at the Burg Giebichenstein, University of Art and Design Halle, in the Plastic Arts/Jewellery departement. She holds a diploma degree in visual arts.

At the hub.berlin festival Nadja Buttendorf will present a new measurement unit: ""the smartphone""! Use your smartphone to measure everything: the length of a table, the size of a screen or how tall are you? ""I bought this painting. It's is 5 1/2 by 9 iphones large!"" Visitors are invited to make their own smartphone measurement tape and experiment with the new unit.

Smartphones change our social and daily life profoundly. It is your new sensory organ, your TV, your newspaper, your bank, your map, your doctor, your lighter, your mechanic’s level and your friend who will keep you under surveillance. Mobile is hipper than desktop. The smartphone is always in your hand, if not it’s located in the line of sight. An alien, watching the humans, would think a smartphone is an essential characteristic of the human anatomy. I propose to establish the human body as a basic measurements again, like feet, cubit, palm, inch (width of the human thumb) etc. to unite the contradictions of the human body and the digital self.