Through the performance IN TOUCH, presented as part of the festival programme of Vorspiel / transmediale & CTM we hoped to study the value of touch in the digital age. We asked: can touch be art? Could it be activism?
As we swipe our screens more than we touch each other, our very concept of connection shifts. As touch becomes an anomaly, the act of touching radicalises. What exactly are the social impacts of culturally engineered touch-deprivation?
IN TOUCH invited a selected group of touch activists to disrupt our digital dissociation. These professionals of touch confronted audience members one by one in our "lightroom", providing an experience of care and connection free of sexual expectation and a personalised opportunity to explore taboos around touch.
As the performers drew touch choreographies on our skin, their gentle gestures quietly conducted a question: what kind of change can human touch provoke?
We saw tears and fears, curiosity, connection, growth and courage. We saw change.
Concept and curation:
Ilsa Hellman / Galerie Mausefalle
Anita Hernadi, Elisa Meyer, Jaina Hirai, Mad Kate, Nora Scherer, Réka Komáromi, Travis Sigley
What is the value of touch in the digital age? Can touch be art? Could it be activism? In these times of digital conditioning and intellectual isolation, we wish…