Fondazione Antonio Ratti

Jan Verwoert

Journeys Into the Zone of Sentience

4 July 2011
FAR – Villa Sucota

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"How to connect through art to the vivid, yet unverifiable feelings at the heart of the social? Moving towards the threshold on which meaning is constituted socially, artistically and emotionally, we see symbolic representations fall apart, and feel the persistence of affective labor. How could art and thought engage with the (sur-)realities of affective labor, feel the feelings that are passed on, visibly invisibly, from body to body, soul to soul, creature to creature? By searching for ways to tap into the zone of sentience."
(Jan Verwoert)

Jan Verwoert is a critic and writer on contemporary art and cultural theory, based in Berlin. He is a contributing editor of frieze magazine, his writing has appeared in different journals, anthologies and monographs. He teaches at the Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam, the de Appel curatorial programme and the HaMidrasha School of Art, Tel Aviv. He is the author of Bas Jan Ader: In Search of the Miraculous, MIT Press/Afterall Books 2006 and the essay collection Tell Me What You Want What You Really Really Want, Sternberg Press/Piet Zwart Institute 2010. He plays bass and sings in La Stampa (Staatsakt/Berlin).

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