Radical Tenderness is a term that Dani D’Emilia first encountered whilst working as part of the transnational performance collective La Pocha Nostra. Since then, she has been engaged in a multi-layered embodied investigation of radical tenderness’ intimate, political and metabolic movements. As part of her work with the Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures collective, Dani and Vanessa Andreotti recently co-wrote a short text entitled “Co-sensing with Radical Tenderness.” The text has been shape-shifting over the last two years alongside their artistic-pedagogic collaboration titled “Engaged Dis-identications,” in which they attempt to translate post-representational modes of engagement into embodied experiments that reconfigure the connections between reason, affect and relationality. For this occasion, Dani will be inviting us to enlargen the field of intimacies that seem available to us, journeying through and beyond our screens and physical bodies, being politically and critically alert whilst also opening ourselves to being affectively attuned to—and held by—the wider metabolism we are all part of.
This event is curated by Vanessa Andreotti as part of the Imagining Otherwise program, and co-presented by Publication Studio Guelph, publisher of the English translation of “Co-Sensing with Radical Tenderness.”