“Ex-peau-sition”- (“exbi-skin”) is a sensory / tactile work and an extension of "The Agency of Touch" presented in TOPAZ in October. It is adapted and designed for the exhibition Brancusi. The Sublimation of Form. The visitor / participant is invited to receive a tactile choreography performed on one own’s body inspired by few of Brancusi’s sculptures- some physically present in the displayed exhibition.
The new tactile approach from Ex-peau-sition is a re-contextualisation of Brancusi’s sculptural work from a corporeal and sensorial perspective. It concentrates on other sensory components than the visual and turns the viewer into a subject and the contemplative into experiential.
The juxtaposition of the tactile sphere with the exhibition frame aims for a deterritorialization of the gaze, focusing mainly on the sensory perception, experience and the integration of the senses through the body, by suspending contemplation and aesthetic representation. The approach refers to the pre-aesthetic phase, to the "aisthesis" - perception and sensory experience as a way of knowing before the visual and the representable. The tactile paradigm is an escape from the visible to the invisible sphere of the subjective and affective body-reality and puts the participant / visitor in connection to the inner self, with the biological and cellular architecture of own body.
The tactile compositions follow anatomical pathways and spatio-temporal determinants.It consists of working with the somato-sensory system, with touch receptors registering texture, pressure, movement, pain and vibration, with layers- the skin, muscles, joints, fat, fluids, fascia, clothing. The sculptural realm - volume, form, surface, texture, dynamic, spacial environment, materiality, perspective will find a correspondence in different types of working of the skin and the body: pressing, compressing, kneading, brushing, stroking, rubbing and other tactile procedures.
Ex-peau-sition is choreographing awareness through touch, with the accuracy and intensity that the skin feels.
The work "Ex-peau-sition" resists the museum protocol mediated by filters - real or aesthetic and deprived of the tactile component. By transforming the viewer into a subject, Ex-peau-sition proposes a palpable approach to Brâncuși's creation. The artistic demarche to operate in the tactile sphere is also a response to the hyper-commercialization, the commodification and glorification of the object in the art scene.
Madalina Dan Author / Johanna Ackva & Madalina Dan Touch performers / Joëlle Serret Sound compositions / TBC Space concept / TBC Costumes
Madalina Dan, maker and facilitator, studied at the Choreography High School in Bucharest and at the choreography department of the National University of Theatre and Film, where she also received her Masters in Playwriting. She was a member of the Oleg Danovski Ballet Company from 1998 till 2003. She was an invited artist at the Herberger Institute, School of Dance (Arizona State University) in 2009, and in 2008 she received the danceWEB scholarship in Vienna. She studied at HZT in the MA program “Solo/Dance/Authorship” (2014-2016).
Along the years, she has been an active member of the contemporary dance community in Romania, at the National Dance Centre in Bucharest, teaching and developing educational and social programs. In 2015 she received a CNDB award for her contribution to the development of contemporary art in Romania.
Works by Madalina Dan have been shown at the Springdance Festival Utrecht, Tanzquartier Wien, Balkan Dance Platform –Novi Sad, eXplore Dance Festival – Bukarest, Temps d’Images – Cluj, SouthBank Center & Chisenhale Dance Space- London, Fabrik Potsdam, Hebbel am Uffer – Berlin, TanzFabrik Berlin, Dance Theater Workshop – New York, Firkin Crane – Cork, Alta Theater – Prague and others. Her latest collaborations include Sergiu Matis, Agata Siniarska, Tahni Holt, Mihaela Dancs, Alexandra Pirici.