Drawing from biblical references and materials on God’s touch, Liv Kristin Holmberg in collaboration with composer/performer Simon Løffler and actor Hanna Barfod will work with two audience members at a time and present them with an intimate musical-theatrical work about the boundaries of art in church rooms / about the boundaries of the body in church rooms.
Against the backdrop of lockdown and its practical considerations, Liv Kristin will present corporeal liturgical music theatre experiments. These experiments form part of her research into the connections between theology, liturgy and body phenomenology. The skin is our largest sensory organ. At the same time, the skin sense is the one of the human senses that has been least explored in art.
ouch in our culture is limited, regulated and often also institutionalized. How can we expand our perceptions and awareness of the skin sense? How can we give touch an aesthetic dimension? Can we for example, imagine our body as a canvas? In art history, the tactile and haptic expressions have become subordinate to more optically oriented forms of representation. Why is it like that?
Kan det ha med å gjøre at skinn er den pris vi betaler for fremtredelsens under. Alle fenomener er det blotte skinn, det er kun mulig å fremstå som skinn i denne verden. Villfarelse og skinn er slik sett tett forbundet: de motsvarer hverandre. Vi er alle underlagt illusjoner – det kleber til vår fornuft.
Art historian H. U. Gumbrecht opens up a new application of Heidegger’s concept of being in his theory of presence in aesthetics – a theoretical tradition in the humanities that for centuries has maintained interpretation as its goal. The meaning of art is not the interpretation, but the revelation of presence. In the art of touch, there may be a coincidence between the sign and what is signified – the touch is not a symbol or a sign of an absent thing. Touch is pure semantics; touch is meaning in itself.
By inventing new ways of touching, we can fill this lockdown and karantenetid period with new meaning.
photocredit: Arild Myran