Dizzying Feeling of Touch: Performative Reading Group with artists Ofri Cnaani and Georgia Perkins

Dizzying Feeling of Touch: Performative Reading Group with artists Ofri Cnaani and Georgia Perkins


27/04/2020 - 25/05/2020    
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Online, n/a, n/a

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How does touch manifest in a contactless world, in an age of hyper-connectivity? How do the physical, emotional and political aspect of touch meet across networks? What are the new measures of closeness?

Artists Ofri Cnaani and Georgia Perkins use Karen Barad’s 2012 essay ‘On Touching – The Inhuman That Therefore I Am’ to question what it means to touch beyond close proximity, and collectively discuss ways in which we are already touching, intra-acting and dynamically entangled to one another.

In collaboration with Sirius Arts Centre, Ireland, Cnaani and Perkins are hosting three safe-distance performative reading sessions that emerged from ongoing research about gesture, space, connectivity, and technology.

In three 1.5 hour Zoom sessions, they are engaging in a series of topics drawn from Barad’s text to provoke contemplations as to how we experience our bodies in relation to contact and confinement as well as how we think through the mediation of an online territory and its formation of touching infinite others/beings/spaces/times.


Monday, 27 April, 18:30 GMT: Karen Barad, On Touching – The Inhuman That Therefore I Am

Monday, 11 May, 18:30 GMT: Tavi Meraud, Iridescence, Intimacies

Monday, 25 May, 18:30 GMT: Karen Sherman, The Glory Hole

In order to participate, please send an expression of interest to info@siriusartscentre.ie up to one day before each Zoom session, after which you are going to receive a link and password to access it. The Zoom sessions are being recorded as a resource for the artists’ continued research and thinking. The footage will not be made public in any format without the participants’ permission. If you have questions, concerns, or are not comfortable with the Zoom sessions being recorded, let us know when you send your expression of interest.

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