Somatic Engagement: the politics and publics of embodiment

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Somatic Engagement: the politics and publics of embodiment. Edited by community artist, scholar, and dancer Petra Kuppers (author of Disability Culture and Community Performance), the book opens with Arnieville, a Californian protest camp of disability, homelessness, and poverty activists. From there, a series of enactments welcome trespass and incursion in the name of survival.

– Amy Sara Carroll on the Transborder Immigrant Tool, a GPS phone that uses poetry to lead the disoriented and thirsty to water caches and safety sites in the US-Mexican borderlands.
Devora Neumark on washing Tali Goodfriend’s hands in Lebanese olive oil outside the hotel where Colin Powell speaks to the Jewish National Fund, hands gliding over one another in the middle of an angry public protest.
– Christian Nagler on writing an experimental novel while conducting an oral history of agricultural labor practices and migration patterns at the site of the Panamerican Highway in El Salvador.
– Georgina Kleege on touch and blindness as she discusses Katherine Sherwood’s paintings of magic and the human brain, paintings that Sherwood began after her stroke ten years ago.
– Eleni Stecopoulos on the healing quest as research and the complexities of cultural appropriation.
– Amber DiPietra and Denise Leto on the collaborative connections of breath, body, pause, pain, and form.

Somatic Engagement is an exploration of how relation and support play out in breaths, steps, and touch.

128 pages; 12 color plates

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Devora Neumark is an artist-in-residence at matralab.