How to touch when the social distance is establishing itself as a paradigm? How’s touching in crisis?
In mid April 2020 we started residency with Rafał Pierzyński. His research and artistic practice, movement and choreography, expand ideas of touching and being in touch. His residing in Kulturfolger materialized itself in a text and a recorded performance. For that time the public, off space of Kulturfolger became a private space of touch. A party, but only for one. Following his research, in a 34-minute video-choreography of multiple cameras, Rafal explores the alterity within (inspired by Karen Barad) from different points of view, touching, differentiating own parts from one another. It is a ceremony of touch. Pierzynski’s phasing, circular journey reveals the potential of the choreography to speak beyond the dimensions bounded by time and space, proposing a reality of hyperobjects (after Timothy Morton) where we are all interconnected entities. Celebrating the difficult, queer moment, he is looking at the potential of the unseen, and the space between us, the tension between our backgrounds and foregrounds. In his reflection of the lockdown, like in a ritual, he embodies the idea of reorienting (Sara Ahmed). After being alone in the vertigo of images, multiplicities, voices, sounds, collages, coexisting digitally skin to skin, we leave the party with the question: ‘how can we live together?’ It is our coded ceremony, the only possible one at this moment.