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Online Lecture, 28 January 2021, 19:00

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Online Lecture, 21 January 2021, 19:00

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Online Lecture, 19 January 2021, 19:00

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Online Lecture, 12 January 2021, 19:00

Touch Release—An exhibition of Haegue Yang's class

Class Project29 October – 19 December 2021Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden
Photo: Guy LeePhoto: Guy Lee

Opening: Thursday, October 28, 2021, from 6 pm

With Andreas Amble, Moriah Askenaizer, Cudelice Brazelton IV, Alex Chalmers, Arnaud Ferron, Lorenz Ganthaler, Zishi Han, Aerin Hong, Mariam Kvirikashvili, Guy Lee, Antonis Magoulas, David Moser, Thủy Tiên Nguyễn, Emmilou Rößling, Alex Thake, Maria Toumazou, Francisco M.V., Ian Waelder, Matt Welch, Alicja Wysocka, Miran Yang

Our innards we our innards metallic feeling we are feeling, thinking round and round we think round and round only slowly again now this. Only slowly yes now this, when did this begin? We sleep a bit bits of dreams drop through rotten floors we are wooden. We pull tiny strings we internet so many so many tiny strings names names names. But hands.

(Simone Forti, Letters to the President, Oh, Tongue, 2003)

To embrace the politics of intimacy is to gather propositions that embody, narrate, and challenge the inconsistencies of handling and letting go. In the paradoxical juxtaposition of seemingly opposing forces, Touch Release considers what is produced in between. It explores the interstices between the impermeable and the porous, between proximity and otherness, in times where the forces that guide the public body and its inner workings are in a state of flux.

At the junction of site-specific installation, painting, sculpture, video, and sound, twenty-one students and alumni from Haegue Yang’s class at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste—Städelschule present distinct works that are held in gravitational proximity, falling in and out of affinity. Marked by the circumstances of its production, Touch Release forms the very first physical union of artists who have shared a past trajectory, developing the reciprocity of touch, the aversion to it, and the consequences in between.

Touch Release unhinges a merely physical conception of touch and steers it toward a layered understanding of what it means to approach, connect, and let go. Touch Release comprehends touch as an accumulation of forces that run through and govern both object and body—often inseparably. It addresses them as sites of transformation, channeling how they come to bear traces, how they move and are moved, how they leak, rub, condense, perspire, and transmit. Together, to sensitize the limits of control and what might lie beyond.

The exhibition was developed in collaboration with Tom Engels.

Funded by the Cultural Foundation of Hesse and Städelschule Portikus e.V.

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