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.
Dates to be announced as soon as possible
Activation by Berit Fischer
Micropolitics Yoga is based upon yogic practice and breathwork and is enmeshed with affirmative collective exercises and togetherness that are based in the spirit of radical pedagogies, activist and artistic approaches.
Counteracting the colonialisation and mainstream capitalist appropriations of Yoga, Micropolitics Yoga emphasises Yoga’s original social and ethical spirit, that recognises that we are all interconnected. It invites us to immerse and challenge ourselves on a molecular level, towards a collective raising of consciousness in body and mind.
Together we will experiment and strive to challenge neoliberal capitalist demands and strategies of separationism, hyper-individualism, the pursuit of self-optimisation, of the normative representational functioning body, and the patriarchy over our individual and collective body.
Reclaiming Yoga through the lens of commoning, we will holistically work together towards an empowered, resistant, transformative and inclusive “body” that embraces its solidarity, inter-relationality and reciprocity with the collective “social body”. The personal is indeed political!
We invite you to participate on either one of the two upcoming dates. Registration for both workshops is of course possible, but you do not need the experience of the first workshop to participate in the second one.
Find further information on how to participate HERE
Dr. des. Berit Fischer is an curator, spatial practitioner, writer and researcher who has worked internationally since 1999. She was awarded a full scholarship for her practice based PhD research at the Winchester School of Art/Southampton University, UK. Beyond the PhD, her curatorial research interests focus on socially produced spaces, the specification of art as a producer of new knowledge and a means to permeate the status quo, the creation of fields of action, and the development of spaces for critical engagement.
She has presented tutorials, lectures, and workshops around the world, including at ZHdK, Zürich, Bergen University (Norway), Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), Nottingham Trent University (UK), and the Soma organisation (Mexico City). She was a member of the advisory board of the B32 project space (Maastricht), contributed and consulted on the Making Futures summer school (Berlin, 2019) and was a co-founding curator of The Brewster Project (New York, 2001). She is a member of the IKT (International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art) and the Errant Sound working group (Berlin). Her curatorial projects include Revolution Without Movement (Galeria Hit, tranzit.sk, Bratislava), Hlysnan: The Notion and Politics of Listening (Casino Luxembourg Forum d`Art Contemporain, Luxembourg), Part of the Game, (nGbK, Berlin), Other Possible Worlds – Proposals on this Side of Utopia(nGbK, Berlin), Brooklyn Waterfront Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition (New York), Dumbo Arts Festival (New York), Intrude 366 (Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai), and City Beats (BankART, Yokahama).
In addition Berit Fischer is a Yoga practitioner since 1999 and received her 200 hours Ashtanga Yoga teaching certification in 2013 through the Ashtanga Studio Berlin (Andrea Lutz) and Manju Pattabhi Jois (oldest son of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, recognized worldwide as the foremost authority on Ashtanga Yoga). She understands Yoga as a social and political practice. In her own practice and teaching she seeks awareness and connectivity within and around us.
Dates to be announced as soon as possible
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.