Touch is a reciprocal sense. Differently from the other senses, touching is always mutual: one touches and is touched. In this work the audience is transformed from ‘observers’ to ‘actors’.

Participants sit in front of each other, their hands are connected to an elastic net that constrains their action into a small range of movement, acting like external muscles. Eyes closed, the two participants begin a tactile exploration, copying each others moves.

The piece was first presented at the KABK, Royal Academy of Art, in The Hague (2012). Later joining the ‘Expanded Performance’ program at Stroom Den Haag, in December, 2012 and TodaysArt Festival 2013. Approximation was also the opening performance at ‘The Deepest Sense – On Tactility in the Arts and Sciences from the Early Modern Period to the Present Day‘ symposium at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (June 26th , 2014).

Photo by Christian van der Kooy (2012)

Approximation was again presented in The Hague during ‘Performance, Objects, Bodies’ at Quartair (Sep-Oct, 2016) and ‘Performance, Objects, Bodies’ at TETEM, Enscheded (Nov 2016-Jan 2017).


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December 18, 2015