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How do we interact with and view bodies? How do we care for our own and others’? The body is simultaneously the subject of, host for, and possible solution to many prominent political conversations. On Friday, 15 October and Saturday, 16 October, artists experiment with different perspectives of the body at deSingel. Come explore this terrain of art, music, and movement at Festival Radiant Nights #1: Touching Bodies. With your Subbacultcha membership you get free access to four radiant performances, as well as an undisclosed lineup at the Obscure Closing Party!
Text by Dlisah Lapidus
Amsterdam Based Japanese-Korean artist Jija Sohn, and collaborating performers Andrea Zavala Folache, Lucy Wilke, and Oneka Von Schrader invite the audience to join them in the natural environment of the Lands of Concert. Lands of Concert searches for a sustainable reintroduction of the collaboration and care which many seem to have neglected. During this relaxed performance, boundaries between audience and performer are blurred as the viewer becomes not only a component of the art but an artist themselves. This organic reflection of life’s fluidity fabricates the ever-changing environment through which the now interchangeable artists and audience move.
American performance artist Brandy Butler dissects the cultural significance of weight through her integrative experience, AvoirDuPois. In her solo performance, Butler impugns the sustained pressures of anti-fat societal cultures that remain despite apparent movements towards body positivity and inclusion. She combines music and words with movement of body, the topic of her artistic dialogue.
In Untitled (Holding Horizons), London and Warsaw-based Alex Baczynski-Jenkins recreates a familiar safe space for queer resistance: the dance floor. In this oasis, the imposed synchronicity of the box step coexists with confused adaptations to the live light and sound. Here, movement and intimacy express ‘Politics of Longing,’ the processual and interdependent nature of relationships in the queer community.
Enter multidisciplinary artist Rory Pilgrim’s Software Garden to investigate the relationship between our rapid development of and reliance on technology and inequalities plaguing systems of care. Here, Pilgrim opens up dialogues aimed to find new approaches to activism. This relaxed performance combines music, visuals, and movement with poetry by advocate Carol R. Kallend to discuss disability and care in our conflicting times.
Radiant Nights #1 Touching Bodies
15 & 16 Oct - Antwerp, deSingel
Members can just show their smartphone and ID at the ticket office and get in for free.
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