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Hold Me Now – Feel and Touch in an Unreal World

Hold Me Now – Feel and Touch in an Unreal World

Hold Me Now – Feel and Touch in an Unreal World

Was a conference-festival organized by the Gerrit Rietveld Academie at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam on March 21, 22, 23, 24 2018 Studium Generale Rietveld Academie invited Karen Archey, Mark Paterson, Rizvana Bradley, and Jack Halberstam to each inaugurate a discursive and performative programme on how the haptic – relating to or based on touch – is thought and experienced artistically, philosophically, and politically in life, art and design, and theory. March 24, Sat Reach out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand): Feel Philosophies Curated by Jack Halberstam “Reach out and touch/Somebody’s hand/Make this world a better place/If you can.” The confidence that reaching out or outreach can make the world better infuses Diana Ross’ debut solo release in 1970. Reaching out has not proven the utopian project she imagined, but it remains an important gesture within the political repertoire of queer and trans subjects who centre the body and its desires, needs, limits, and potential. In the work of the theorists gathered here, the hand, handicraft, handmade items all jostle in the space of contact articulating new forms of art, communication, desire, and movement. Situating the body as itself a project of crafting, making, building, and unravelling, the ‘Reach Out and Touch’ talks and performances explore the physics of touch, gestural repertoires of grasping and feeling, the aesthetics of the handmade, the limits of sensory perception, the social dynamics of bodily regimes of doing, making, and exploring. In addition, we will think about the haptic body in time and space. For Stefano Harney and Fred Moten in The Undercommons (2013), hapticality is a way of being in relation to the now, the touch of the present as it holds you. They define ‘hapticality’, as ‘the touch of the undercommons, the interiority of sentiment, the feel that what is to come is here.’ These concatenating feelings – sentiment, touch, sense – arrive at a place that is now and here, close at hand. The philosophy of the now, for them, is a philosophy of feeling. On this day, at this event, we will all be or become ‘philosophers of the feel’. Participants Karen Barad, boychild, Julia Bryan-Wilson, Mel Y. Chen, Paul B. Preciado, Jeanne Vaccaro.

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In January, February, and March 2018, through talks, performances, film screenings, reading groups, discussions, an exhibition of student works, and a conference-festival at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Studium Generale Rietveld Academie & Rietveld Uncut collaborate on an extensive, artistic research trajectory.

Studium Generale and Rietveld Uncut 2018 focus on touch in artistic, philosophical, and political terms to conceive how the haptic – relating to or based on touch – is thought and experienced in life, art and design, and theory.

Touch is of vital importance to our emotional and neurobiological development. So how do we feel and more specifically touch in our technologically mediated dematerialized digital cultures? Do we solely stroke and swipe our screens? How are the body and its feel involved? Are we in fact cultivating different tactilities in relation to the world and others? Further, how can we trace the ways in which touch informs and reforms the body with respect to violence, gender, sexuality, democracy, and identity? If art and design have privileged sight and sound, should touch – and all the senses – be addressed and activated in order to help us stay ‘in touch’ with our bodies and the material world?

Talks, readings, presentations, performances, screenings: Karen Archey, Army of Love, boychild, Rizvana Bradley, Sarah Browne, Staci Bu Shea, Fiona Candlin, Holly Childs, Yvonne Dröge Wendel, João Florêncio, Ioanna Gerakidi, Ine Gevers, Amelia Groom, Jack Halberstam, Jort van der Laan, Erin Manning, Laura U. Marks, Marianna Maruyama, Mark Paterson, Paul Preciado, Joke Robaard, Charlotte Rooijackers, Eloise Sweetman, Hypatia Vourloumis, Eyal Weizman and many others

http://holdmenow.rietveldacademie.nl

https://www.stedelijk.nl/en/events/studium-generale-rietveld-academie-2

feature video by https://miyakitahiromi.com/english/

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