Inflated Liquidity is a body-sculpture instrument in its prototyping form developed during Nicolina Stylianou’s artistic residency at Thinker Maker Space. Inflated Liquidity – prototype 01, consists an air-generator, a body-sculpture, a soundbox and eight flue pipes. The body-sculpture hosts the air from the air-generator and through movement and pressure the performer sends the air to the soundbox. The flue pipes let the wind pass through a slit and hit the upper lip and further causes the wind to oscillate. The oscillation is produced by an in-out repetitive movement.
The sounds of Inflated Liquidity are equally dependent on the performers’ body movements, strength and synergy that actively interact with the vibrating sound waves of the sculpture. Creating a performative loop between the body, the movement and the sound through and within the body-sculpture. Inflated Liquidity is a co-inhabitant of multiple spaces (body, structure, rules and play, space) and a process to explore relational communication between bodies in space. The instrument’s rhetorics discuss the social, intimacy, play and pleasure, humour, the act of consent and the negotiation of space and agency. The work traces the mechanics of Hydraulis, Pipe Organ, Accordion, bagpipe, and the 19th c. Suspension machines for musculoskeletal therapy, treatment and strength.