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Mira Hirtz

Zoom Meeting ID: 870 5349 3809

Do. 18.03.21 | 20:00 | online 19:45

Me and the thing, you and the object, we here and them there…it is an old question that keeps coming back around: How do we, human-beings, relate to the world? The century of the Anthropocene, proclaimed in the year 2000, highlights this question too: it challenges us to question the dominating categories of animate and inanimate matter in favour for a network of human and non-human beings. How can we grasp this network? How can we attend to the entanglement of these different kinds of matter? Since a few years, Mira has been researching a somatic approach towards this question, claiming that it does not only need philosophical and geopolitical investigation, but that it also needs to be addressed by our bodies. 

A somatic approach offers playful sensorial, movement- and experience-based tools to explore and imagine entangled relationships – and thereby expands the common understanding of academic research. Mira is continuously reflecting on how to bridge the variety of different research approaches and she would like to invite you to a collective experimental session. She will share her research practice combining somatics, deep reading of theoretical texts and performative artworks. We will collage those methods and look into selected texts by amongst others Karen Barad and Bruno Latour, explore movement with and perception of objects, practice free writing and share discussion. There is no movement-experience needed and the shared tasks will be adjustable to all needs. You only need to bring your curiosity! 

Mira Hirtz (*1991) imagines in different media and situations, what the value of creativity is for people and ecology. She bases her research on somatic techniques and positions her work in the context of critical eco-somatics, experimenting with performance, perception and movement as means to generate and mediate knowledge about sensate matter. The fact that she graduated from creative dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire London and Art History and Media Philosophy at the HfG Karlsruhe has shaped her practice, as well as her work as a freelance art mediator and curator. She is currently involved in the “Critical Zones” project at ZKM Karlsruhe, where the museum turns into a rehearsal space in analogue and virtual ways.

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