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How do we heal? #2: Kinaesthetic shapes


Above: Documentation of the workshop “Scores for radical rest” at Pushkin House London, April 2023, lead by Mira Hirtz. Image courtesy of the artist.
The photograph show of group of people who explore various ways to sit, lie and rest on chairs which are scattered through the room. Both images on the right show layers of drawn lines and collaged shapes on top the photograph. They follow the shapes of the participant’s bodies.

In these collages, I look at the question: what do shapes evoke for you? Can you feel them kinaesthetically?

Kinaesthetic awareness, this means the awareness about how our body moves and where it is placed in space.
Kinaesthetic awareness can also focus on how our body feels in response to something that we perceive. For example: a movement of another person, the movement of wind through branches, the sound of water dripping – or maybe also the sight of shapes and lines?

Something swinging slowly
Something spreading wide
Something falling open
Something yawning apart
Something melting together

Mira Hirtz

Basing her work on performative tools and somatic techniques, Mira Hirtz explores multi-sensory experiences and and articulations of our being-in-the-world. Looking at the intersections of art, health, ecology and science, her practice embraces the messiness of navigating life and dives into concepts of body, care as well as human and non-human interdependencies. Her work takes many different formats, from performance, installation and painting to curation and mediation. She graduated from the MFA Creative Practice at TL Conservatoire London and from the MA art research at University of Art and Design Karlsruhe. She co-curated the program series “How do we care?” at Badischer Kunstverein 2020, as well as the touring exhibition “Critical Zones. In Search of a Common Ground”, initiated by the ZKM | Karlsruhe, the Goethe-Institut South Asia, and Bruno Latour. Her recent exhibitions include “SOMA CITY” at We are Awareness in Art, Zurich; “Sensing P.: Kakosmos (after B. Latour)”, in “Every food is a landscape”, Milan and “Exploring notions of care: a performative workshop” at La Loge, Brussels. In her current research project, Mira Hirtz investigates the dialogue between her own experience of chronic health conditions, healing and art, developing a series of participatory scores, performative installations and collections of research.