And Lab (research centre for art-thinking & politics of togethernes)

My first collaboration with Fernanda Eugenio, director of And Lab – Research for Art Thinking and Politics of Togetherness was in 2018. We began by experimenting with the contact zones between our practices, specifically the encounter between Radical Tenderness and mo_AND, and soon gave shape to a methodology we named ‘Dis-immunisation practices’. In 2018-19 these practices were shared in different contexts, including AND Lab’s summer school, an annual program that takes place in Lisbon, which for the 2019 edition we worked together on co-designing as well as co-facilitating. After that experience, as we continued to deepen our shared investigations we also began to work together in giving shape to And Lab’s new continuous artistic-political training program, the Escola do Reparar, which would be launched in summer 2020. When the covid-19 pandemic hit, turning ‘conditionings into conditions‘, we re-designed the pilot edition of the School of Reparar, accepting the inevitable suspension of the situated and body-to-body dimension and opening up to new formats for reinventing the whole program.

Supported by a digital platform, the pilot edition ran from August to December 2020 and comprised many different activities, all dedicated to the theme-issue of the ‘Ten Positions in face of the Irreparable’ (unfolding original writings by Fernanda published in the Caixa-livro AND, 2019).

As part of the 2020 under_sTANDing program of the School, Fernanda and I continued our embodied research on the capacities of intimate connection with the unknown/unknowable and of possible paths for the activation of politicized, non-hierarchical and disseminated modulations of love. Alongside the Dis-immunisation practices, we began creating the Dis-solution Practices, expanding attunement to more-than-human relationality through psychossomagic rituals.

This new area of investigations took shape as part of the 2021 under_sTANDing program of that year’s edition of the School of Reparar. It included the creation of the video series ‘Psychosomatic Actions for the Ten Positions in face of the Irreparable’, which can be watched fully HERE.