AFFECT MODULE III: The Institute for Endotic Research: Reading Bodies
Reading Bodies by The Institute for Endotic Research is a month-long Residency workshop facilitated by Lorenzo Sandoval who invites participants to work on ways to approach libraries, archives and its potential performativities.
The first contribution to the AFFECT´s last edition was focused specifically on ways to understand the endotic, a concept introduced by George Perec opposed to the exotic to found our own anthropology.
The Institute for Endotic Research (TIER) is an artistic project initiated by Sandoval assembled to work as a host that brings different disciplines together, namely architecture, art, writing and curation, acting as a platform of encounters through the production of a fictional institution with an operative program of collaborations with other agents, composed with the help of architectural devices.
In 2016, TIER continues with its work on exploring the everyday life and the immediate surroundings but focusing in the body. Reading Bodies refers to a double meaning. In one hand, it refers to bodies that read. In the other one, it talks about bodies that can be read, bodies as an archive. The very first access to immediate reality is always one’s body. Therefore, bodies themselves are mediums that work as a device and as a place of inscription. At the same time, they are mediators who have the ability of activating their political agency. Bodies are at once objects and subjects.
The act of reading is never a passive act. When one is reading, is unfolding all the cultural constraints, the previous gained references, and some times, the possibility of practicing the imagination and the critique. From that perspective, nevertheless, reading is a writing gesture.
In this first knot of relationships, the workshop would be articulated around a suggested bibliography (Perec, Preciado, de Certeau, Mignolo, Groys, Pastor Mellado, Benjamin, Federicci, Malabou, etc.) – expanded with the contributions of the participants- that would compose a series of collective readings, together with a program of visits to spaces and artists of Berlin.
ART FORM_ Visual Arts