CHRISTOPHER SQUIER and JULIAN WONG-NELSON
For the current issue of DISSOLVE we examine the theme of haptics—or touch—as it relates to specific sites, spaces, works, and their tangents.Read More
In this essay, Combs speculates on the broader haptic connections between sites of repetitive touch such as the St. Peter’s statue in the Vatican, a stair banister smoothed from use, and her artistic project of polishing rusty industrial remains. How does cleaning or polishing reveal norms of entitlement, sociality, or possession?Read More
Reindorf's immersive installation project, Reveal||Conceal, introduces a less familiar art of the West African masquerade and functions as a contemporary strategy to undermine the unobstructed male gaze, while attempting to redistribute power structures that surround body ownership and policing. This project combines themes of feminism, cultural exploration, the public/private and the mystification of the observed body.Read More
What does it mean to engage the body’s avisual senses to tap into registers of knowledge missed by sight? How does smell, as a sense inherently complex, intimate, and uncontainable, work through a more tactile logic than sight?Read More
Digital images and information make up a vast portion of the global economy in the 21st century based upon the exchange of seemingly intangible goods. The ability to touch the goods one consumes in these economies is displaced, establishing new spatial and temporal relations along the chain of production and dislocating the violence at the core of neoliberal societies. The power relations and material conditions that enable digital goods to circulate through our contemporary economies are obscured by an ideology of digital intangibility.Read More
Often noted for their visual spectacles of sexual and violent excess, the films of Park Chan-wook present reoccurring themes manifested through the body. From his early work Sympathy for Mr Vengeance to his latest film The Handmaiden, haptic forms of communication offer a different perspective on themes of exploitation, the ferocious nature of capitalism, and muted desire.Read More
"In my work, I tend to explore the potential of collage outside of the "cut and paste" limitations. I like to push the boundaries to see how much texture and layers I can fit into one piece without actually needing to glue anything down. This may involve weaving, cutting and intertwining and on occasion a little assistance from artist tape behind the scenes. As part of the nature of this process, I have worked in aspects of the collages that are non-static, that are intentionally free to move about the piece within the enclosed environment provided. This creates a new dimension where the collage work can take on a life of its own."Read More
Object performance, touch as a cure, and irrational ritual: as we interact with the physical world, patterns occur. Household objects gain magical value and therapies are formed out of belief. Rituals develop around the way we interact with the people and objects around us.Read More
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