Alicia Frankovich’s practice has long explored the equivalency between physical forms and the potential for new modes of imagining both human and non-human form and behaviour. The all-encompassing phenomenon of the body — its insides, outsides, material and immaterial ways— could be considered the underlying fascination of Frankovich’s work. A multi-dimensional practice at the intersection of sculpture, video, performance and installation, Frankovich’s work pits the design and impulses of our primal bodies against radical changes in technology, thought, society and the ecosystem.
Frankovich’s practice investigates how the physicality and behaviour of a body operates within social settings and constructs – including plays of dominance and re-negotiating the audience/performer relationship. She frequently calls on a plurality of existing groups to enact her choreographed performances. These have included the LGBT community, amateur performers, pregnant women, migrants, professional dancers, general individuals, and bush doofers (those who attend Australian outdoor dance parties). The core groups perform a sequence of movements and gestures which the artist has sampled from sources as diverse as team-building exercises, rugby matches, office culture and Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Subverting restrictive definitions of gender, race and class-bound codes of movement, and the dynamics of public space, Frankovich proposes a multitude of post-human futures.
Frankovich’s performances are matched by a parallel practice that asks us to reconsider the body as a critical landscape through which various discourses of encounter, technology, and self can be reconsidered. Her most recent body of work has seen the artist direct her practice within a microscopic focus to explore the phenomenon of microchimerism or the existence of the DNA of others within our own bodies.
Alicia Frankovich was born in New Zealand and lives and works in Canberra, Australia. She is the Australian Government Research Training Programme Scholar at the Australian National (2010-2020).