Lindman’s work contributes to the tradition of minimalist performance and community-oriented art, and suggests new perspectives in merging artistic, social, and scientific research. Internationally known for The New York Times Project, performed in cities around the world and her interactive performance and installation Public Sauna, first developed during graduate work at MIT and later presented at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in 2000, Lindman explores how our bodies become the loci of interaction between private and public.
Born in Espoo, Finland, Lindman received her MFA in 1996 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Finland and in 1999 as a Fulbright Scholar her Master of Science in Visual Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She now lives in New York and teaches at Yale University School of Art.
Recent performance-based work as Fellow at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT, and artist-in-residence at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratry at MIT, Pia Lindman has been looking at the difference between mimesis and embodiment. In efforts to distinguish biological and biomechanical realities of emotion from affect (the social manifestation of emotion), Lindman performs reenactments of both machines and humans.
Lindman has exhibited and performed among others at the Museum of Modern Art, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, The Sculpture Center, Artists Space (PERFORMA 05), and Luxe Gallery in New York; and internationally in Mexico City, Tokyo, London, Berlin, Paris, Vienna, and Helsinki, to name a few cities. Solo shows in 2006 include Fascia at the Storefront for Art and Architecture Gallery in New York and Three Cities, Rivers, and Monuments at Klementyna Bochenska Gallery in Warsaw, Poland. Exhibition catalog Three Cities, Rivers, and Monuments was published March 2007 and an artist book of her gesture drawings will be published by end of 2007 by Navado Press, Trieste, Italy.
In 2008-09 Lindman will be artist in residence at Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany. Her video series Thisplace is in the collection of MoMA, New York and Establishing Shots in the Queens Museum of Art.