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Matters of Touch – Ania Nowak

12 September - 29 October

| Free

Research performances:
Fridays and Saturdays
17:30h – 20:30h

This is an exercise in listening to materials from their ability to feel, coexist and become unbearably intimate. It is also an invitation to a generative practice of constant attention that oscillates between the haptic and the visual, the unknown and the discernible, the evolutionary and the momentary. Matters of Touch deals with surfaces such as scintillation and micro-change zones, palpable pleasures and porous temporalities.
If, as Anne Carson says, contact is crisis, how can the commitment to the touch create forms of thinking and being incarnated that can avoid exclusion and solidification in an identity? How can the pressure movement become a strategy for perceiving the least perceptible policy that occurs on and under the surface of our skin? Can I touch you with the bottom of my heart?

Contemporary artistic practices that work with and through the body are often perceived as immaterial. However, the human body is matter. As are non-human entities that coexist in the environment. Just as the materiality of the body has been neglected in the privilege of the discourses it produces, the question of contact has often been understood from an anthropocentric dimension. Many of the analyzes that have been done on the body in recent years have focused on discourses about the body and not so much on considerations about its constituent materiality. Making all bodies matter, human and not human, claiming the political dimension that is inscribed in all matter, points to a new ethic that has practical consequences and not just discursive. We need to think about the very materiality of bodies and the interactions that result from it: forms of contact, lived experiences, embodied situations and biological substances that are just as important as the speeches we produce. They are a constituent part of these speeches. As we also need to think of other modalities of contact that do not hierarchize some bodies over others.
Matters of Touch is the third of the exhibitions that are part of the annual cycle The more we know about them, the stranger they become. Through 4 individual projects and a whole series of related activities, this cycle investigates the agency of the object – the system of relations that it enables or includes – and the implication of the matter within a new paradigm shift in which the subject is displaced from the center of forces of knowledge and leaves space to other entities. It would not be so much a matter of letting objects and things speak for themselves, as of understanding and putting into practice other systems of relationships in which the distribution of value between subjects and objects is more equitable and, consequently, political.

Ania Nowak (1983, Cracow) choreographs bodies, language and situations. Based in Berlin, she researches love as a strategy of generating knowledge and explores the potential of ambiguity and the in-between zones in processes of embodiment and meaning making.


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