Saša Spačal and Slavko Glamočanin: Touchscaping

Intermedia residency / Ecological audiovisual performance

 

The Touchscaping art project triggers a confrontation with the unclear and the alien within us so that we can recognize the empathy, that otherwise, due to our cultural context, is not allowed to be perceived.

 

Touchscaping

 

Landscapes do not possess any intrinsic perceptual qualities; these are generated by experience in living beings.

 

Touchscaping is an intra-active and living sculpture that expresses the potentiality of a contact between living beings in a landscape. In the vision field, there is the performer with a nest of earthworms. They are situated in the projection of an audiovisual landscape that generates itself in their intra-action through a system of sensors. The earthworms create tunnels, aerate the soil, loosen it up and enrich it with organic and mineral substances. The connection between bodies is established through touch that induces an altered state in them. She cannot touch the earthworms without them also touching her.

 

The touch forms a perception of the landscape. It is determined by biological senses, while their perception and evaluation is developed within cultural frameworks and personal experience. Touchscaping calls for a perception of the landscape that is based neither on objective nor on subjective sensing but on an intra-subjective comprehension that includes the perception of entities in the environment on a mutual level. The touching of the other on the one hand means to touch all that is otherness, but on the other hand, it is also a touching of what is alien within us. The potentiality of multiplicities that are inherent in that which is living emerges from the touch. There is no dividing line between the performer and the earthworms in the Touchscaping sculpture. Their intra-action does not contain cultural judgements; there is no room for disgust which would only be caused by the inability to face one’s own vulnerability.

 

The integral perception of the landscape prepares us, so that we are able to recognize our surroundings and our responsibility towards them. Through touch, our own indetermination is presented to us. When one faces the unclear and the inhuman in oneself, one can overcome the cultural, anthropocentric frame that prevents them from experiencing the world with empathy. The touch is an inward and outward openness as a part of the world in its becoming.

 

Text: Ida Hiršenfelder and Saša Spačal

 

Authors: Saša Spačal and Slavko Glamočanin

Customography: Vesna Mirtelj

 

Wednesday, 19 April at 8pm in the Škrlovec Tower, Kranj

Friday, 19 May at 7:30pm in the Tivoli Greenhouse, Botanical Garden, University of Ljubljana

Thursday, 25 May at 9pm in the garden of the Horticultural Society Kranj

 

Production of the project: Zavod Carnica with CONA, 2017 / Production of artist-in-residency and the events in Kranj: Zavod Carnica; partners: Prešernovo gledališče, Hortikulturno društvo / Production of the event in Ljubljana: CONA; partner: Botanični vrt Univerze v Ljubljani / Co-financed by: Ministry of culture, Municipality of Ljubjana / Sponsor: Steklarna Hrastnik / Programme of Layer House, managed by Zavoda Carnica is supported by Municipality of Kranj / Programme of CONA is supported by Municipality of Ljubjana, department for culture