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'Synthetic Hapticality', a Group Show at Enclave, London

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from the left: Natalia Trejbalova, ...and yet another random attraction, Drifters (Valentina Miorandi + Sandrine Nicoletta), Lynx of Beoetia
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Drifters (Valentina Miorandi + Sandrine Nicoletta), Lynx of Beoetia
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Natalia Trejbalova, ...and yet another random attraction
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Natalia Trejbalova, ...and yet another random attraction
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Natalia Trejbalova, ...and yet another random attraction
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Georgia-May Travers Cook, Comfort adapts like a viral agent
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from the left: Natalia Trejbalova, ...and yet another random attraction, Drifters (Valentina Miorandi + Sandrine Nicoletta), Lynx of Beoetia, Georgia-May Travers Cook, Comfort adapts like a viral agent
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from the left: Natalia Trejbalova, ...and yet another random attraction, Drifters (Valentina Miorandi + Sandrine Nicoletta), Lynx of Beoetia, Georgia-May Travers Cook, Comfort adapts like a viral agent
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Georgia-May Travers Cook, Comfort adapts like a viral agent
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Georgia-May Travers Cook, Comfort adapts like a viral agent
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Georgia-May Travers Cook, Comfort adapts like a viral agent
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Natalia Trejbalova, ...and yet another random attraction

The skin shapes our bodies, creates our image and gives us an identity. The skin is what constitutes ourselves as individuals. When we think of a body, we explicitly imagine its epidermal surface. As the monk William of Baskerville exclaims in the novel The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco: Mankind would shudder at the sight of a body if they could see what is beneath the skin. Skin has the power to shape our physique and identity, yet it furthermore encapsulates physical sensations that are often beyond our control: pain, irritation, shudders, heat sensitivity and erotic pleasure. The epidermal surface withholds the most archaic and animal-like sensations to humankind. Hapticality has the ability to amalgamate human and non-human agents.

In Glass Bead’s article The City Wears Us, the media theorist Benjamin Bratton asserts that “Any surface is potentially also a skin and its sensitivity is open to design”. Following the vast development and use of synthetic vision and audition, hapticality is the new territory on which automation has presently started to operate in. An infusion consisting of artificial skin and synthetic hapticality is to be expected in the near future. Envision automated skin stripped from an individual body, emerging as an ‘expanded body’. Such formations bring about unexplored concerns that touch on the correlation between humans and machines.

Touch is an immediate sensation: we learn how to touch prior to engaging with sight or sound. We negotiate our subjectivity with the environment through skin and it is thus the grounding of any aesthetic experience. “Goose bumps were the first aesthetic image”, the philosopher Theodor W. Adorno concludes in Aesthetic Theory. As the relation between humans and machines move away from a purely functional matter and alternatively become increasingly intimate, the innermost strata of our subjectivity are shaped and called into question.

31.3.18 — 8.4.18

Drifters (Valentina Miorandi + Sandrine Nicoletta), Georgia-May Travers Cook, Natalia Trejbalova

Curated by Sayori Radda and Felice Moramarco

Photo by Natalia Trejbalova

Enclave

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'Un Paysan Heureux', Off-Site Group Show, Lausanne

Nina Rieben & Brigham Baker at Palazzina, Basel

'Isolation Booth' by Nick Jeffrey at Jakob Kroon, Worthing

'Elf slashed with a sword' by Martin Lacko at Pragovka Gallery, Prague

'Where the wild roses grow', a Group Show at Pina, Vienna

Aleksei Taruts, THE CURSE OF THE STINKING CAVES

'Splendido' by Paolo Brambilla at Secret Location, Italy

'Jung Thug' by Tissue Evolution Club at CAC, Vilnius

'Reiterate' by Tobias Hansen at foundation, Vienna

'No Hot Water the Boiler is Broken' by Jack Pryce for the Body Archive Project

'Laminar Body^ies' by Natalia Janula at Final Hot Desert, Utah

'No Teeth Left', a Group Show by Collective Disgrace at Tunnel Tunnel, Lausanne

'STAY SAFE', Off-Site Group Show by Shivers Only, Chantemanche

'Anticipatory Grief' by Michael Bussell at Vent Space, Baltimore

'Faya Lobi' by Xavier Robles de Medina at Praz-Delavallade, Paris

'Burial of the White Man' by EXILE, Kleiner Gleichberg, Thuringia

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