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Touching the Pandemic

Touching the Pandemic
Immersive installation 
by Renata Lamenza Epifanio

Tue 26.10 Vernissage
17:00 – 19:00
Wed 27.10 - Fri 29.10
10:00 – 17:00 (continuously)

“There is no such thing as touch without consequence” 
(Erin Manning)

‘Touching de Pandemic’ invites you for a sensorial dialogue with the space and its surfaces. As a result of the project ‘Physicality in the performing arts: knowledge, creation, experience and transmission in times of lockdown’, performed by Renata Lamenza Epifanio with the support of research group CORPoREAL, the installation entangles complex aspects experienced during the pandemic from the perspective of touch. 

Three participatory environments that embody each phase of the research are presented: 

1 ‘borderless touch’: re-creation of one space of the performative installation done in collaboration with Merel Severs where various means to explore intimacy and touch are proposed

#2 cartographing the unknown: screening of the documentary ‘Touching the pandemic’, co-directed with Diogo Oliveira and done in collaboration with students from the Conservatoire, it knits fragments of the interviewee who is invited to talk about the pandemic experience through a conversation with the sensorial book in the same space where they spent most of the lockdown

#3 weaving sensibilities: exhibits the sensorial book created for the interviews in dialogue with the publication-object done in collaboration with Vitória Damiani, a sensible and vulnerable testimony of the complexities and instabilities experienced in such asperous times


Artistic research, concept Installation, interviews, performance, co-director of film ‘Touching the pandemic’: Renata Lamenza Epifanio
Co-director, artistic collaborator and editor of film ‘Touching the pandemic’: Diogo Oliveira
Installation ‘Borderless touch’: Merel Severs and Renata Lamenza Epifanio
Interviewees: Students of the Conservatoire (Dance, Drama and Music department)
Promotor and research group: CORPoREAL
Publication-object (book) design: Elena Op ’t Eynde, in collaboration with Renata Lamenza Epifanio
Light design: Arjan Hendrickx