Exposition

Soft to the Touch: Performance, Vulnerability, and Entanglement in the Time of Covid (2021)

Jennifer Torrence
Jennifer Torrence

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What is the nature of human touch and human contact in contemporary music performance, both in general and in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic? In a time when bodies must be kept at several meters distance, what comes of works which explicitly call for closeness, physical contact, and sharing? How might these works be interpreted differently in light of the COVID-19 pandemic? Percussionist and performer Jennifer Torrence reflects on the impact of the pandemic on her artistic practice and on her research as part of the project entitled Performing Precarity, which seeks to explore the inherent risks in performance when musicians and audiences are entangled in codependent structures. In light of COVID-19, this exposition attempts to unfold and trace modes of vulnerability in contemporary music performance—from human contact via eye contact and physical touch, to the precarious negotiation of shared space—and to reflect on how such encounters might breed new understandings and knowledge.

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Vilken roll fyller mänsklig beröring och kontakt i nutida framföranden av musik – både i allmänhet och i de sammanhang som skapats av covid-19-pandemin? Vad händer med arbeten som explicit insisterar på närhet, fysisk kontakt, och delande i en tid när kroppar måste hålla flera meters avstånd från varandra? Hur kan dessa arbeten tolkas i ljuset av pandemin? I sitt arbete reflekterar slagverkaren Jennifer Torrence över vilken påverkan pandemin har på hennes konstnärliga praktik och forskning. Arbetet är en del av projektet *Performing Precarity*, som utforskar de risker som är inneboende i musikaliska framföranden när musiker och publik ingår i strukturer präglade av ömsesidigt beroende. Expositionen syftar till att avtäcka de former av sårbarhet som uppstår i samtida musikaliska framföranden – från mänsklig kontakt genom blickar och beröring till det osäkra förhandlandet av delat utrymme. Expositionen reflekterar också över hur sådana möten kan bidra till ny förståelse och kunskap.
typeresearch exposition
keywordsVulnerability, Covid, Corona, Touch, Performance, Entanglement, Sight, Sound, Communication, Music, contemporary music, new musical works, new music, precarious, proximity, listening, Energy, percussion, entanglement, discomfort, contagion, crisis, senses
date08/11/2020
published19/10/2021
last modified19/10/2021
statuspublished
share statusprivate
affiliationNorwegian Academy of Music
copyrightJennifer Torrence
licenseCC BY-NC-ND
languageEnglish
urlhttps://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/1040522/1040523
doihttps://doi.org/10.22501/vis.1040522
published inVIS – Nordic Journal for Artistic Research
portal issue6. VIS Issue 6
external linkwww.jennifertorrence.com


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