This online performative reading I presented at the Arts Everywhere Festival 2020 of the text Co-sensing with Radical Tenderness, which I wrote together with Vanessa and the collective Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures (GTDF), marked the launch of the series Art-Life Rituals for Radical Tenderness.
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The series, which Vanessa and I are co-curating in collaboration with GTDF, invites artists whose work travels between physical, social, and metabolic bodies, to create intimate art-life ritual responses to the text. The works are published monthly on the online platfom ArtsEverywhere.ca.
The event happened over Zoom, during a period in which many of us were facing various degrees of lockdowns and lack of physical touch. The session invited audiences into the text through an experiment of how to enlarge fields of intimacy across and beyond our screens and physical bodies, being politically and critically alert while also affectively attuned to—and held by—the wider metabolism we are all part of.