• The Body is a Movement at BASE | Exhibition 

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    Posted: 2 April 2024

    Baltan & Onomatopee’s The Body is a Movement programme is traveling to Milan for the Design Week. A selection of projects are exhibited at BASE during the week, and on April 18th at 17:00 we will organize a public talk with designers that explore the human body in their practice. While living in capitalist structures, our bodies became vehicles for profit. To be optimised for productivity and efficiency. These beautiful, astonishing, wondrous bodies of ours, capable of experiencing so much joy and excitement - how can we reclaim them?

    Four design projects challenge how we feel and take care of our bodies. Hacking how we move, changing how we listen and exploring how we can feel the world differently through our bodies.

    Weathering Ports: Sensing, Performing, and Acting Bodies by Yeon Sung. Weathering Ports investigates the pollution of Maasvlakte, an artificial industrial zone within the Port of Rotterdam. The project explores the polluted weather of Maasvlakte as an embodied phenomenon and offers ways to experience this with our bodies. The bike is equipped with sensors collecting data from the biker and its environment. This project was co-produced by Yeon Sung and V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media.

    Twinning Underneath by Qiaochu Guo. This series of objects blends the space and the body in a way that stimulates the senses, interpreting the experience and speculation of the moxibustion (a medical treatment) in body reparation. Moxibustion leads to self-healing by stimulating the body's internal circulation through burning mugwort above the surface of the body. The moxibustion is a spiritual guide for inclusivity and tolerance, in a gesture of rest, pause and breathe to allow the body to recover autonomously. It embraces the body in its anti-modernity manner: it requires to stop, rest, breathe, sleep, and sweat.

    Sonic Driving by Laura Papke. Our inner bodies are constantly working, producing, composting, decaying, and degrading. Our body is a whole ecosystem constantly in conversation with itself and the world around us. In Sonic Driving, you hear, experience, appreciate and enjoy your bodily processes. It is a participatory performance that aims to foster collective healing processes through hearing and feeling your heartbeat.

    Touching Matter by Dora Lehy. With Touching Matter you are invited to touch, hold, caress, press, feel the different softness and temperatures of the Touching Tools. Their tactical characters vary in materiality: the warmth of wood, the fleshy resistance of foam, the cool and smooth surface of unfired clay. All leave different sensory memories in the palm of your hand. The round shapes came about through an embodied-making process: by swaddling clay, mimicking a mothering practice, it curled into shape through its own weight and the holding force of the wrap. Touching Matter proposes the potential of a touch-forward culture by bringing tactile awareness in our relations with the material world and ultimately with each other.

    The Body is a Movement is developed by Baltan Laboratories and Onomatopee and it is supported by the embassy and consulate-general of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Italy.


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