Interview: Machina Imaginis
Luca Curci talks with Machina Imaginis during FUTURE LANDSCAPES, third appointment of BORDERS Art Fair 2020, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
The Machina Imaginis collective is formed by Jonathan Owadja, Marie Malou and Marcel Siegwart. Jonathan Owadja was born in 1983 in Tel Aviv, Israel, and he currently lives in St. Gallen, Switzerland. He is a graphic designer, Art Director and artist. Marie Malou was born in Brixlegg, Austria, and as well as Jonathan, she lives in Switzerland, in Zürich. She has a Master of Science in Neuropsychology, and she is a musician, a songwriter, and an artist, together with being a mother. At the end, Marcel Siegwart, who was born in 1971 in St.Gallen, Switzerland where he currently lives. He is a switchgear fitter and a software developer. The Machina Imaginis collective took part in many exhibitions and art fairs presenting its projects and innovative creations, like for example 2020 Art Prize of the City St.Gallen.
Luca Curci – What are you currently working on?
Machina Imaginis – Disinfection.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
MI – We at the artist collective Machina Imaginis are unimportant: the viewer is the focus, he operates the machine and becomes a sound and light artist himself. So we put the question back to all visitors of the exhibition: What is your background and what has influenced you most of all? How was the interaction experience of touch, sound and light in your inner and outer space?
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
MI – Well, as always, the interpersonal and the technical ones. And the weight.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the
theme of the entire festival?
MI – We let the machine speak for itself: “I ask people to take action. I want people to give up their passivity and enter into real interaction with me. In return, I will trigger a mood with my lights and sounds that activate the imagination. I know that people build a relationship with me and this situation through seeing, hearing and feeling, and together we create the space that we share in this moment. Nothing is recorded and no data is collected. And when the person turns me off, all that remains will be a mood that becomes a memory, a ‘Future Landscape of Mind’ ”.
LC – What do you think about the theme of the festival?
MI – A really nice topic, which of course we felt addressed.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event and our services? Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
MI – Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we were unable to travel to the exhibition. But the machine enjoyed the ride on the Grand Canal and the happy faces of the audience. We would like to thank the whole Borders Festival’s team and hope to get to know you all better at another time. Until then, you can use our multimedia channels to see where the machine journey is going. Please stay healthy and get through the winter safely! With greetings from Switzerland, Machina Imaginis Art Collective.