"Diaries: Era of Good Feelings" is an online exhibition presented by 47 Canal and curated by Mark Pieterson, in collaboration with DIS.ART. It brings together various works by six artists that extend the affective possibilities for empathy, care, and connection through the haptic. Also featured is a newly commissioned essay “The Vicissitudes of Touch: Annotations on the Haptic” by Rizvana Bradley. To view the exhibition in full, please visit 47canal.us
Excerpt from “The Vicissitudes of Touch: Annotations on the Haptic” by Rizvana Bradley:
In her landmark essay, "Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book," Hortense Spillers theorizes one of the central cleavages of the modern world, wrought and sundered in the cataclysmic passages of racial slavery: that of body and flesh, which Spillers takes as the foremost distinction “between captive and liberated subjects-positions”: “before the “body” there is the “flesh,” that zero degree of social conceptualization that does not escape concealment under the brush of discourse or the reflexes of iconography.” Flesh is before the body in a dual sense.
To linger with the political, ethical, and analytic questions that emerge from the entanglements of hapticality, aesthetics, and violence, questions that are unavoidable for those given to blackness, is to confront “[t]he hold’s terrible gift,” as Fred Moten and Stefano Harney maintain in "The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study," “to gather dispossessed feelings in common, to create a new feel in the undercommons.”
Artist Christopher Meerdo’s searing film weaves an emotive vignette on the state of contemporary politics and socialities.
Assidule is a poetic consideration of racialized corporeality by Julien Creuzet.
“I feel you.” “Can you feel me?” “What happened to a better world?” “Why so many atrocities?” “Do you feel?” Take a scroll with us through empathy portals on Antoine Catala’s website http://distantfeel.com.