From Touch to Matter

 - an exploration of art, politics and the self

through sensory experience.

How to alleviate the oppressive effects of body politics?

Where does one locate the self when everything is  constantly in a state of transit?

How to overcome the chronic condition of self-censorship generated by capitalist structures?


From Touch to Matter is an upcoming series based on artistic research in an interdisciplinary area where immersive, body-somatic and alternative methods of perception are of interest and how these can be interpreted for a subjective and personal art that is uniquely tailored to each individual.

Individual sessions and group workshops by professionally trained experts and artists will be offered on a regular basis.

Especially in a rapidly changing present in which the familiar feels obsolete, just as the current loses its topicality, the reconquest of inner spaces should be seen as a radical act of self-empowerment.

Dissociation and the separation from our body lead to a shifted perception of ourselves and others.

Beyond the affective moment of empathy, this work can also be an important component of artistic-aesthetic practice, within which the subjective moment of sensory experience automatically becomes a political gesture.

The body is in the centre and a core place where emotions are expressed. 

An activation and training of the maturity of feelings, against the restrictions and paternalism by an increasingly capitalized and institutionalized art are the objectives of From Touch to Matter. 



sensory: To enable the participants to have a sensual experience with lasting quality. The opening of new aesthetic, perceptive and sensory spaces through a profound experience far removed from everyday life. To promote inter-subjective perception, to sensitize for complex life realities.

political: sharpening empathy, responsibility and collective sense. Setting the transformative potential of subjective experience as the basis for politically and socially responsible action. Raising awareness by expanding the individual's range of experience.

cultural: an expansion of the concept of art by re-evaluating the possibilities of various somatic methods and techniques with artistic application potential.

Wednesday, 2nd of September 2020, 18h -21h

(places need to be booked upfront under upcoming events)

Radical Empathy Lab

with Berit Fischer

As part of the ongoing series at Changing Room:

From Touch To Matter

 - an exploration of art, politics and the self through sensory experience.

In particular during the current pandemic of Covid-19, established concepts of co-existence, inter-relationality, response-ability and care are put to test. Questions of how we want to live together – as humans and within our natural habitat– are of urgency more than ever.


The Radical Empathy Lab (REL) was founded by Berit Fischer in 2016 as a nomadic experimental platform that runs between the somatic experientable, action and critical reflection. An ongoing experimental format of affective encounter for an alternative and holistic production of knowledge, which - embraces what Brazilian theorist Suely Rolnik calls the "knowing body".


The Lab experiments with transdisciplinary and holistic advances for creating critical consciousness in which the cognitive intertwines with the non-semiotic, the sensual and experiential. It strives to activate connectivity to our sensing and knowing body to promote critical consciousness and relationality between the participants and their environment. We will experiment with holistic and collective practices, that will range from feminist and radical pedagogies, to Deep Listening exercises by experimental composer Pauline Oliveros, and meditative elements. The Radical Empathy Lab opens up a space of possibility for encounter that enables and promotes connectivity and trust in ourselves, and the “Other”.

The Radical Empathy Lab experiments with new forms of being together, that momentarily allow to reflect, to re-feel and undo a reactionary an-aesthesia (Greek: an-aesthēsis: without sensation), that is often nurtured by neoliberal capitalism and by dominant, separationist and systemic structures. REL moves between singularity and collective activity. It examines the relation between micro- and macro-dimensions of agency, as possible practices and spaces for "self-empowerment" and as an attempt to decolonise and de-subjectivate the (social) body and its relationality to the "Other".

The Lab will take place in the garden of Changing Room.

In accordance with current contact regulations, a minimum distance of 1.5 m to each other will always be maintained and direct physical contact is avoided.


Wednesday, 2nd of September 2020, 18h -21h

Please RSVP as there are limited number of 8 participants. Please send us one sentence on you and one on why you would like to participate.

No previous knowledge necessary.

Participation fee 12 Euro

In English and German

Please register by 27th of August at:

Berit Fischer is a curator, artist, spatial practitioner, scholar and writer who has worked internationally since 1999. She holds a Ph.D. from the Winchester School of Art/Southampton University, UK. Her curatorial research interests include critical spatial practices, socially produced spaces, and holistic and experiential knowledge production as a way to penetrate the status quo. In her often transdisciplinary work, she strives to activate fields of action and spaces for critical debate and critical awareness raising, practices of listening, affective encounter and relational learning.

25 / 27 / 29 / 30 August 2020

1 hour sessions between 10h-19h

(places need to be booked upfront under upcoming events)

The Agency of Touch

One on One Sessions

with Mădălina Dan

The Agency of Touch is a social intervention which utilizes touch, bodily/sensorial awareness

and connectivity as a social service for communicating and researching within different social, cultural, economical contexts.

The Agency of Touch wishes to be temporarily installed in artistic contexts-festivals but in

particular in institutions, social centers that are already providing social services such as

rehabilitation centers, hospitals, integration centers, old people’s homes etc.

The Agency of Touch is a practice privileging touch, haptic and physical experiences compared

to the visual experiences that dominate in the contemporary technologised society. The

tactile practice is regarded as a practical tool in order to be closer to society and its intrinsic

problematics: the alienation of the senses, the neglect of anatomical/biological education,

the social inequalities, the financial comfort equaling the comfort of the body, racism, migration, violence.

Mădălina Dan studied at the Choreography Highschool in Bucharest and has a BA at the choreography department of the National University of Theatre and Film, where she also received her MA in play- writing. She was a member of “Oleg Danovski” Ballet Company from 1998 till 2003. In 2008 she received the danceWEB scholarship in Vienna. She was guest artist to the Herberger Institute, School of Dance (Arizona State University) in 2009 and was associated artists at the National Dance Centre in Bucharest in 2016. She studied in Berlin at HZT (Hochschulübergreifende Zentrum Tanz Berlin 2014-2016) in the frame of the SoDA programme (Solo/Dance/Authorship). Her works have been shown at Bozar- Bruxelles, Springdance Festival Utrecht, Balkan Dance Platform – Novi Sad, eXplore Dance Festival – Bucharest, Temps d’Images – Cluj, SouthBank Center & Chisenhale Dance Space – London, Fabrik Potsdam, Hebbel am Uffer – Berlin, TanzFabrik-Berlin, Tanzquartier Wien, Dance Theater Workshop – New York, Firkin Crane-Cork, Alta Theater – Prague, Art Stations Foundation – Poznan, Sophien Saale – Berlin, FFT Düsseldorf, Impulse Festival, Mulheim, Lyon Dance Biennale, Schauschpiel Leipzig, Hellerau – Dresden, Kaaistudios Bruxelles etc. She received an award from the National Dance Centre in Bucharest at the CNDB Awards 2015.