The Skin | © Katharina Achterkamp
Boys Will Be Boys | © Jasmin Erb
© Human Rights Tattoo
Trans Opera | © Thijs Adriaans
Whether on the subway, on social media, at the museum – in fractions of a second, people classify the bodies surrounding them, often in categories like female/male, young/old, sick/healthy, alien/familiar, normal/different. Bodies are complex sign systems. They send intentional and unintentional messages, reflect traditions and current trends, which are often interpreted unconsciously by others. Corpoliteracy, or body reading, is interested in the complex backgrounds of how people perceive themselves and others. Corpoliteracy reflects value systems, social practices and the mechanisms that lead to attributions, constraints and exclusions.
For Reading Bodies! contributors from the arts, education and mediation, science and everyday life examine the transformative potential of corpoliteracy, or body reading, for a pluralistic and inclusive society.
Performances give bodies a voice. Panels explore the diverse dimensions of the alphabet of the body. Workshops and interactive formats invite visitors to new bodily experiences. Topics such as dis_ability, gender and racism will come up as well as the trend towards self-optimization and the influence of digital technologies on body images. How to train the ability to read bodies critically? How can everyone autonomously and creatively deal with their own body signs? And what role can the arts and cultural institutions play in this?
With Magda Albrecht, Aral Balkan, Maaike Bleeker, Mai-Anh Julia Boger, Sander van Bussel, Nadja Buttendorf, Dynno Dada, Bogomir Doringer, Eva Egermann, Educated Body, Nemi El-Hassan, Feministische Gesundheitsrecherchegruppe, Human Rights Tattoo in cooperation with Black Cat Tattoo Berlin, iPäd, Gila Kolb, Raul Krauthausen, Ali Lacin, Miranda Markgraf, Theresa Mosebach, Anisha Muller, Olave Nduwanje, Imke Schmincke, Klaus Spiess & Lucie Strecker, Jules Sturm & Angelo Custodio, Studio Moniker, Sabina Énea Téari, Shade Théret, Mavi Veloso, Sanni Est & Tina Escarlatina, Matthias Vernaldi, Jeremy Wade, Sabine Zahn, Inga Zimprich, Yvonne Zindel and many others.
Part of The New Alphabet
As part of Berlin Art Week