Dear Friends –

You are invited to

Measures of Closeness: A Lexicon of Gestures

a safe-distance performance by Ofri Cnaani, Stella Geppert and Evann Siebens.

Thursday 28 May 2020 | 8 pm (GMT+2)

Please register for the Zoom meeting here (We recommend you update and install the latest version of Zoom).

How do we keep in touch in a contactless space, in an age of hyper-communication? Can we survive without touch, without skin? And what are the new measures of closeness?

This safe-distance performative encounter emerges from the artists’ ongoing research into gesture, space, connectivity, and technology. From dis-locations, the artists engage collectively in a series of movement exercises, choreographic figures, conversations, and chat rooms – in order to provoke contemplation about how bodies are experienced in relation to contact.

Measures of Closeness: A Lexicon of Gestures invites you to flow between states of participation and observation. At several points throughout the performance, you will be welcomed to join in and move, but you are always free to turn off your camera and take a moment to observe and be with the movement, in all ways, including less participatory actions.
About the Artists:

Ofri Cnaani is an artist living in London. Her work has appeared at Tate Britain, UK; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; Inhotim Institute, Brazil; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Kiasma Museum, Helsinki; PS1/MoMA, NYC; BMW Guggenheim Lab, NYC; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna. Cnaani is currently a PhD researcher in Goldsmiths’ Curatorial/ Knowledge program, Visual Cultures department.

Evann Siebens makes media, performance and photos with movement. Her lens-based practice negotiates the human body as an archival site, and the politics of the female gaze. Based in Vancouver, Canada, she recently performed at the Witte de With, Rotterdam, and her work from A Performance Affair in Brussels was featured on the front page of the New York Times in 2019.

Stella Geppert understands her work as a “relational investigation” into verbal and nonverbal bodily communication, which is connected to essential sculptural and choreographic questions. Her latest choreography COMMUNICATION CAPTURES was shown at the Centre of Contemporary Art in Copenhagen / Dansehallerne and elements shown at A Performance Affair in Brussels.