Breathing is an unavoidable, vital act. Yet, it cannot be taken for granted as the experience of the pandemic, profound changes in our environment, but also structural, racist discrimination make clear. In the physical act of breathing that often stays unnoticed, we are symbolically and materially radically thrown back on our own bodies - and connected to the bodies of others at the same time. In conversation with artists, theorists and experts from different fields of practice, the lecture series explores different acts of suffocation and release. It questions how the protection of bodies is unequally and ambivalently distributed and how resistance can find expression in the figure and the act of breathing, as well: an insistence on presence, a demand for existential, political, symbolic and ethical recognition.
With: Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme; Hope Ginsburg; Miriam Jakob & Jana Unmüßig; Maikon K; Bojana Kunst; Francesca Raimondi; Vanessa Eileen Thompson.
Curated by Prof, Dr. Sandra Noeth (HZT Berlin – MA SODA).
The lectures takes place from 6pm – 8pm (CET) in English, via Zoom, and will then be available on www.hzt-berlin.de until end of March 2021.