The 2021 International Conference is based on the binomial bodies-distance. These two words, and how they are articulated, carry a strong resonance at the present moment which also extends into current art practices. There have been many moments in art recently where the spatial relationship between bodies – whether close or distant – and between the body and its surroundings, have taken on particular significance.
We have chosen to draw on proxemics theory (from the Latin proximus, “very close”). Proxemics is the study of the use and perception of the personal space that exists around our bodies. Formalised by the anthropologist Edward T. Hall, proxemics examines the way we occupy space and the distances we keep in our interactions and communication. Hall identified several types of space, which vary depending on the type of encounter, the relationship between the interlocutors, their personalities, and other factors. Hall conceived a model of personal space divided into four sub-categories in which distances range from: intimate (bodily), which ranges from physical contact to 45 cm; personal, habitual in interpersonal relationships, 45 – 120 cm; social distance, which favours interaction in everyday transactions like work, and extends from 120 – 360 cm; and public distance, which can extend to the limit of visibility and audibility.
It was our understanding, however, that a greater distance need not lead to less intimacy. Bodies can be distanced but interconnected, and we find that art as a medium can imagine forms of intimacy where intimacy seems to be impossible. Negotiating with norms governing spatial distances, limits on movement and the impossibility of physical contact without renouncing it altogether, art helps us to imagine other modes of being and relating.
Esparru hartan eremuak#8 aldizkaria eta artista-koadernoa aurkeztuko dira.
Distantziak gaiari askotariko ikuspuntuetatik heltze aldera, artistak eta arte munduko eragile artistiko hauek izango dira hizlari, bakoitza bere esperientzian oinarrituta: Lorea Alfaro, Tarek Atoui, David Bestué, Luz Broto, Patricia Esquivias, Dora García, Olatz González de Abrisketa, Erlea Maneros Zabala, Asunción Molinos Gordo, Lisa Rosendhal. Jardunaldiak Eddi Circa-ren saioarekin bukatu dira.
Friday 29 October
17:00 Presentation of the sessions
Andoni Iturbe Amorebieta (Basque Goverment) + Edurne Ormazabal (Tabakalera) + José Ramón Amondarain, Aimar Arriola eta Maider López (eremuak technical commission)
17:15 David Bestué | Contact
17:45 Olatz González Abrisketa | Modern meat: a reflection on animal distances
18:45 Erlea Maneros Zabala | Norusta (2020)
19:15 Presentation: eremuak#8 magazine + artist’s notebook, Conflict is another, Ana Laura Aláez
Saturday 30 October
11:00 Lorea Alfaro | Bodies-distance
11:30 Luz Broto | 11,000km – 1mm
13:00 Dora García | Two planets have been colliding for several million years
17:00 Lisa Rosendahl | Distance and the Medium of the Exhibition
17:30 Tarek Atoui | The Sound Explorers
18:30 Asunción Molinos Gordo | The tradition of thinking with your fingers
19:20 Eddi Circa | Concert by Eddi Circa