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Reading Bodies!

Press release

Reading Bodies! Cruising Corpoliteracy in Arts, Education and Everyday Life

With Dynno Dada, Bogomir Doringer, Tina Escarlatina, Feministische Recherchegruppe, Human Rights Tattoo, Klaus Spiess & Lucie Strecker, Jules Sturm, Mavi Veloso & Sanni Est, Jeremy Wade and many others

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?