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Presentation of the new book series "Corporeal Matters" and the publication "Breathe" – Präsentation

Transcript Verlag

With the series editors Janez Janša, Sandra Noeth & Sandra Umathum, Art Director Ana Lessing Menjibar, Copyeditor Daniel Belasco Rogers & guests.

Corporeal Matters is a new publication series on arts-based research, in particular practices and concepts that place the body at the core. It illuminates how the body appears simultaneously as witness, document, and agent in contemporary life, and offers insights into corporeality as the often-neglected dimension that cuts through ethics, aesthetics, and politics. From multiple perspectives and fields of application and grounded in moments of research, encounter and debate generated in the context of the HZT-Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin, the series hosts edited volumes, authored publications, workbooks and other formats. 

The first volume of the series with transcript publishers is titled Breathe: Critical Research into the Inequalities of Life. Breathing is an unavoidable, vital act, yet it cannot be taken for granted, as the experiences of the pandemic, profound changes in our environment, but also structural, racist discrimination make clear. In the physical act of breathing, we are symbolically, materially and radically thrown back to our own bodies and connected to the bodies of others.

For the book launch, the contributing artists and theorists who explore different acts of suffocation and release will be introduced. From different perspectives and disciplines, they show how the protection of bodies is unequally and ambivalently distributed and how it can be an act of resistance: an insistence on life, a demand for existential, political, symbolic and ethical recognition.

The book will be available for purchase at the event.
Regular price: 29 Euro
Reduced price for the book launch: 15 Euro