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affection ~ senses ~ home ~ membrane
are the four fascicles that compose the thesis core, responding to the research aim of working from the uncontrollable of the multiple and collaboration, there’re diverse text natures. Including diary fragments, compilations of quotes and short accounts by fellow artists whom I invited to write a crystallization of their practice, or of our life experiences together and apart. These multiple voices being compost that fertilizes the ground for the interwoven practice to come. The four fascicles are interdependent and interchangeable, there’re no hierarchy between them. They belong all to all, that’s why I decided not to edit them one after the other in a specific order, but separately together by this folder.
membrane ~ senses ~ affection ~ home
are the four entities that compose the thesis core, membrane being a metaphor to talk about the body, I’m curious for an understanding of ourselves beyond our flesh and limbs. Moving forward the normative isolated neoliberal dream, but understanding this is the commodified context we are in, I believe there’re plenty of potentialities for grounding together through our senses. We can reunite body and senses for a shared self-awareness and alertness. Home is approached on this reflection as the desire to reappropriate the space around us, questioning what home has been told us to be and what do we want it to be. Do we want to live the neoliberal isolation dream? Or, if we want to belong to shared communities, how these can happen? Recognizing affection, emotion and the sensing body as facilitators for those relations, within us, others and home. Altogether, this thesis desires to be a proposal for new relations of care, theyfriend pillow being the first seed planted of a long-lived field to explore.
Laura Fernández Antolín
Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam