Dis-immunisation Practices (ENGLISH)

The Dis-immunisation Practices emerge from the collaboration between Dani d’Emilia and Fernanda Eugenio (ANDlab). With the desire to explore the relationship between intimacy and politics these practices experiment with relational procedures, combining propositions stemming from Dani’s and Fer’s artistic-political research on radical tenderness & co(m)passionment.

Expanding love’s operability also as a ‘strangership force’, these practices call for an attunement to the improper and unfamiliar, moving beyond the logic of dis/identification and mis/understanding as (the only) basis for engaged relationality. Through the creation of sensorial circuits and performative rituals, the Dis-immunization Practices investigate possible paths from the individual to the collective body, activating non-hierarchical and disseminated modulations of radical love as political resistence. (Re)claiming affective territories immunized by the mechanisms of indifference and/or identitary foreclosure within capitalist and colonial frames, these practices propose themselves as tools for deep listening, engagement and presencing of one another whilst committing to reciprocal care in the process. Creating the conditions for exercising this political practice involves accepting the risk and responsibility of circumscribing zones of temporary intimacy with the unknown and the unknowable, experiencing states of deliberate vulnerability and (dis)comfort as we explore the variable elasticity of permeability in each encounter.

Each edition of The Dis-immunisation Practices proposes different modes of contamination-attunement. As a way of holding each body with the courage and frankness involved in a continuous (re)imagining and (re)doing of ourselves, in/through each relation, each session also includes exercises that create an environment of trust, acceptance and respect, in which care can grow in proportion to risk.

The Dis-imunization practices were initiated in September 2018, during a period in which Dani was granted a year long fellowship from Musagetes Foundation, to further develop performance-pedagy practices around radical tenderness, which have been part of Dani’s work within the collective Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures as well as many other contexts.

Since then they have taken the form of small residencies, immersive weekend workshops as well as bee integrated as part of activities of broader academic and independent programmes. Click below to see a small selection of images from past editions: