Eco Somatics as Tools for Navigation
Mira will reflect on the screening of a series of six “Performative Video Tutorials” which were created in response to Bruno Latours ideas about the terrestrial and the “Critical Zones” exhibition at Centre for Arts and Media, Karlsruhe Germany (2020/21) and published on the exhibition’s website. The video tutorials combine the DIY character of tutorials with geopolitical and philosophical reflections through the use of somatic practices. Notions such as grounding, folding, traveling and dwelling are being taken from the theoretical work of Latour and being tested as scores for somatic work. The viewers and listeners are hereby invited to shift their attention through bodily and sensorial experiments, and to witness possible effects on their ways of thinking. Hereby, following an eco-somatic approach, I claim that somatic practices not only evoke both internal and external awareness of life and matter, but they also enable a valuable dialogue and playful way of confronting, understanding and being with pressing and complex political and theoretical questions.
Mira Hirtz is a performance artist, art mediator and art theorist who bases her work on somatic practices and explores the value of creativity for human beings and ecologies. Her work takes many different forms from workshops to performances and video pieces, drawing and texts as well as curation in exhibition contexts. She graduated from the MFA Creative Practice 2019 at TL Conservatoire and Independent Dance London and 2016 from the MA art research at University of Art and Design Karlsruhe, where she currently teaches performative research. She worked as an art mediator at documenta14, co-curated the program series “How do we care?” at Badischer Kunstverein 2020 and currently researches about giving non-human beings a stage in the frame of a theatre of the Anthropocene.