The Art of Pain :: Somatic Drifts

“Unexpectedly affecting in its…closely guided dislocations of sense and self as well as its emotive engagement…”
Breakdown and Repair, Ben Brooker, Realtime 122

“Transporting and curious….like nothing else I’ve done…”
Participant responses, Adhocracy, Vitalstatistix

Somatic Drifts is a sensory, one-to-one artwork (with sessions to be held from 21-24 July) and accumulative audio-visual installation (20 – 30 July).

Somatic Drifts explores trans-human and inter-species empathy. It enables the participant to experience the bodies of other entities, through body illusion and touch. Bodies and narratives travel beyond their own boundaries to ask what realm does the human exist within? How far can we drift? What can this drift enable us to change?

Somatic Drifts - live remix lge2Concept, design and performance Cat Jones, sound design Melissa Hunt.

Bookings required (limited sessions). Book for Somatic Drifts here.

Participants are advised that the live experience takes place in an enclosed space, involves gentle touch from the performer, and may induce temporary shifts in perception.

Somatic Drifts has been supported by the Australian government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, Emerging and Experimental Arts; Creative Practice Lab, School of the Arts and Media, UNSW; Bundanon Trust AIRAdhocracy 2014, Vitalstatistix; Waverley Studio AIR and SymbioticA. Research conducted alongside this project has been supported by ANAT Synapse Residency with UWA School of Medicine and Pharmacology and UNISA, Sansom Institute, Body in Mind.

With very special thanks to wunderkind Mark Mitchell, Gordy Rymer, Vicki Sowry, Su Goldfish, Prof Stephan Schug, Prof Lorimer Moseley, the Body in Mind research team, Rene Christen, Aaron Clarke, Antonietta Morgillo, Kate Brown, Cate Hull and many others.

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