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Soft spaces


This week I have been testing different materials that could be used for collaging together with other people. While collaging together, I would like to offer multi-sensorial experiences beyond the visual. I explored cloth and fabric and enjoyed the possibility to experience the collages through touch. What would happen if we collaged using our haptic sense and not our eyes?

The softness of cloth and fabric also responded to my interest for creating soft spaces, which are spaces that invite our bodies to release, expand and rest.

Video still of collage exploration 2023. Image courtesy the artist Mira Hirtz.

Various shapes in different colours such as blue, broken white, skin tone pink, dark green. The shapes have different textures. Some are smooth, some are furry like a blue one on the upper right hand corner, where a hand is resting on the shape.

The sound that is created by touching
cloth and fabric added to the experience
of collaging. You can hear a short recording
on the left hand side.

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.