The APRA Foundation Berlin Multi-Disciplinary Fellow 2022
Project Proposal: The Bodies with/in\out
This project is about the multiplicity of bodies that permeate the self. I imagine, perform and document a continuity – from the somatic, interoceptive body; to the human, social body; and beyond, to the body politic. Focusing on the polyrhythms, the micro-politics, the proto-languages and other fine-tuning axes that entangle the various body-scales, the root ambition of the project is to dissolve the perceived and discursive boundaries that legitimize the discrete, isolated existence of bodies, broadly defined.
This undertaking imagines kinship and alliance across space and time, uniting researchers – principally under-recognized logicians from non-Western, non-Aristotelian traditions – who have carried out similar thought experiments of embodied reasoning across scales as acts of resistance against logical normativity. The act of uniting these individuals as interlocutors suggests a possible world in which amplifying the proposition of embodied logicality can be epistemically foundational rather than eccentric.
The project includes a book manuscript and a performance installation. The text will relate hybrid logics – some borrowed from actual archival materials and existing logical frameworks, some invented; with hybrid bodies – mostly recognizable as existing creatures but communicating directly across various body-scales. This part-real, part-mythic interaction is an enactment of a certain kind of synthetic understanding of reality which would elude us without attention to fine-tuning across body-scales. The interacting written word and performance research will engage with critical discourse on anthropocentricity, which has propagated one body-scale to be dominant. The project will further argue that the isolated existence of any “body” relies on a fallacy that disembodied logicality is possible, which the project both exposes and challenges.