Practice 23. Touch/ Urbanity and New Manners
Touch creates invisible images between people. Those that signed up for Touch Practice entered the exhibition space and put on some comfortable clothes. Images occur through the skin, between the bodies while leaning on each other and exchanging their body weight. The internal experience takes precedence over the appearance outside. What matters is the mutual flow of sensation, the kinetic conversation between the bodies involved, not the entertainment or aesthetic worth to an outsider’s critical eye.
*Urbanity and New Manners was a compilation of group practices and urban interventions offering alternative ways of handling everyday life. Inspired by El Manual de Urbanidad y Buenas Maneras
(The Manual of Urbanity and Good Manners) written by Venezuelan pedagogue Manuel Antonio Carreño in 1853 setting the codes of social behavior and interaction in the Latin America of the time, this project invited art and non-art audiences to have proximity experiences through body practices