Jenny Brockmann: #LIMITS – Seat#12
Curator: Linda Rocco
@Goethe Institut London
50 Princes Gate, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2PH
Jenny Brockmann: #LIMITS
The discursive performative installation Jenny Brockmann: #LIMITS curated by Linda Rocco at the Goethe Institut London refers to the allegory of skin. As the largest and most versatile organ in the human body, the skin acts as a shell delimiting the inside from outside to protect us against environmental influences and maintain homeostasis, our inner balance. Jenny Brockmann: #LIMITS will set up a public laboratory in the library and auditorium of Goethe Institut London for four weeks, centred around the interactive sculpture Seat#12, discursive materials as well as objects and thought cartographies. Research will be carried out on the properties of skin in the literal and metaphorical sense, inviting guests and the public to question the relationships between inside and outside, sensitivity, permeability, and the shifts within dynamics of demarcation, identification and re-identification.
Entanglement #1: Into Out-of Skin explores modes of communication as tools for knowledge production, with invited guests including neuroscientists, performers and interpreters. The workshop challenges assumed relationships between sender and receiver, considering language as a device for systematic exclusion.
Entanglement #2: Show me your Skin is a focus group with students and researchers from different backgrounds coming together in a process of negotiation. Reflecting on the surplus value generated through the juxtaposition of diverse expertise, participants will tackle notions of opacity in analog and digital media.
Entanglement #3: Artificial Skin Poetics utilizes the dynamic regenerative processes of skin and cells to discuss smart textile applications and machine learning. The workshop will aim at producing new knowledge through an active participation from the audience.
The events will take place with closed groups of participants on Seat#12. Visitors can participate as silent observers in the research process. Through the process of observation, a performative character will be revealed.
Jenny Brockmann: #LIMITS is part of the nomadic project BYPASS – The Emergence of Voices initiated by artist Jenny Brockmann and curator Linda Rocco, taking place throughout 2021-22 across six different locations in the UK. Existing within the intersection of arts and science, the project reflects on notions of connectivity from multifaceted perspectives, acting as a bridge to tackle practices and discourses on crossdisciplinary collaboration.