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Saturday April 8, 3.00 PM at the PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Studio wing (2nd floor).
Body-memory, nakedness, body politic
with: Pia Lindman and Stephan Wright
Pia Lindman is an artist from Finland living in New York. Her art work often takes the form of architecture and/or performance involving social interaction: She has recently constructed a functioning sauna for the "Greater New York" exhibition at PS1. In her words "In Finland (...) bathing naked in a sauna is understood as a 'real encounter - human to human' without the social and hierarchical symbols that define the body. The weekly ritual of sauna that Finns practice through their whole life, inscribes into the sensing self an experience and understanding of one's own body as well as everybody else's bodies that allows simultaneous respect and intimacy between people".
Stephen Wright is a writer and curator based in Paris, and an editor for the magazine Parachute. His next project "L'incurable mÃ©moire des corps", is a group show that will take place in the fomer "HÃ²pital des Incurables Charles-Foix" in the parisian region. "From its earliest age the body is 'civilised', incorporated into a body politic: it is taught to stand upright, to walk, wave and interact within the norms of a given culture, nation and religion. If only we knew how to look, the body's loyalty to its past and to the political realms of its history could be seen faintly echoed in every gesture. Hardly there at all, such embodied memory is indeed hardened within the deepest recesses of the self. Situated 'north' of consciousness, such bodily memory is shed only with great effort, unlike the verbal cant about one's national belonging"
After the presentations and the discussion, the audience will be offered an opportunity to bathe in Pia Lindman's sauna.
NOMADS & RESIDENTS makes connections with people who live here and with people who visit, by setting up an active network of collaborators, and creating and organizing public events in a variety of places. NOMADS &RESIDENTS invites artists, guests, curators, critics, activists, travelers and passers-by to present insight into their practice, their ideas, histories, and drives.The curatorial and organizing group of NOMADS & RESIDENTS consists of New York based and temporary residents. They actively seek out information about who is coming to New York and when, they invite guests to present their ideas and solicit the involvement of spaces where these presentations can take place. They welcome advice, ideas and the support of others. The events will be partly informal and casual, and will focus on exchanging ideas, initiating new projects and networks. They will also include short presentations, lectures, talks, sideshows, small exhibitions, performances, discussions. Priority will be given to proposals that could become projects that will be shared among the participants, to a practice that can make resources and ideas available for common use.
Liesbeth Bik (artist, The Netherlands), Catherine Cruello (curator/organizer, New York), Andrea Geyer (New York based artist), Gordon Knox (New York based initiator and organizer), Jan Kopp (artist, France), John Menick (New York based artist), Phill Niblock (New York based artist), Olu Oguibe (New York based artist/curator), Cesare Pietroiusti (artist, Italy), Jos van der Pol (artist, the Netherlands), Annette Schindler (New York based curator), Shelly Silver (New York based artist).
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