In the solo research Kati Masami Menze investigated and analyzed virtual representations of female bodies and their codes. As an academically trained dancer, her understanding of the body has been shaped by both specific aesthetics of dance and the complex discourse of the body on social media. As a result, her body is shaped on a daily basis. In this it resembles the body of an avatar, which embodies (are programmed with) ever more sharpened beauty ideals. In this she sees a parallel in which both bodies are subjected to a toxic objectification. A stereotypically idealized notion of appearance is embodied or programmed in a self-optimizing way, and a reproductive loop is created. To examine the assumption specifically, the focus was on the female legible, non-disabled body. This was a consciously chosen limitation that did not arise from exclusionary reasons but from the reference to her own body.

Research, 01.09.2021 – 31.10.2021


Kati Masami Menze

Funded by

the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the framework of the initiative NEUSTART KULTUR aid programm DIS-TANZEN by the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland