When our eyes touch is the first chapter of AISTIT / coming to our senses, a series of exhibitions organized by the Finnish Institutes of the Benelux, France, Germany, United Kingdom and Ireland, in collaboration with the Maison Louis Carré, in order to explore the complexity of our sensory perceptions and question their ways of shaping us as human beings. The curators Hans Rosenström and Satu Herrala were invited to reflect on the theme of the senses (“aistit” in Finnish) as well as their contemporary physical, political and technological dimensions.
Touch is the first sense to develop in the human infant, and it remains perhaps the most emotionally central throughout our lives. It is vital for the emotional and physical health of human beings and other social mammals. To touch and to be touched is to recognize a connection and simultaneously a separation at the margins of oneself; the movement back and forth on the border zone of one’s body. But how to touch and be touched during a global pandemic when physical proximity has become dangerous, potentially lethal?
Hans Rosenström, artist in residency at the Cité internationale des arts, brings his answers to this question as a curator and as an artist.
He adapts an intimate sound installation A House Divided to the guest room. The work explores the boundaries of one’s own body and how the process of speaking and hearing transgresses those boundaries; moves from the core of one body to the depth of another.
Hans Rosenström (Finland) is in residency at the Cité internationale des arts through the Finnish Cultural Foundation.