GUT is the title of Diane Mahín’s ongoing practice-based artistic research project. Through this theatrical thought experiment, she questions how humans behave when their bodies are turned inside out. Mahín approaches this question by presenting different performative worlds in which the sounds of the guts of the performers are amplified. The gut-human’s thoughts, actions, communications, movements, and feelings, are all determined by their gut sounds. During Proximity Music one gut-human, Manuel Groothuysen, will inhabit the artist-run gallery Trixie. Visitors are invited to walk in and out of the durational performance and experience the work both from outside via the street windows and inside the gallery.
Mahín is a Dutch-Iranian performance maker and sociologist. She makes performative worlds in which image and sound are the driving forces. Working with sound reflects her desire to be faced with highly subjective, confrontational, and immersive forms of reality. Mahín scrutinises the human body as a material object in order to dissect social constructions, as she wishes to grasp their absurdity and humour. Death and nothingness form the underlying motives of her work. After her studies at Goldsmiths, University of London, London and Maastricht Institute of Performative Arts, Maastricht, Diane is currently exploring operatic principles within her practice at Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam.