THE PLEASURE OF TOUCH
Squeeze a peach.
Squeeze another one.
Make sure to use both hands when you are crushing them.
Reading is feeling.
Sensory memories are part of who we are.
Sensory memories can transform into a way of being.
But it is not enough to have memories. You must be able to forget about them because the memories themselves are not important.
Only when they have turned into our blood and can no longer be distinguished from ourselves - only then can it happen that in a very rare hour the first word of a poem arises in their midst. (said Rilke)
Corporeality provides the basis for our perception and representation.
Usually the body is understood through opposition:
Mind and body. Inside and outside. Experience and social context. Self and other. Subject and object. Male and female.
What if bodies are to be reconceived?
What if we start looking at the outside of the body from an inside point of view?
An inside that is ever-transforming.
An inside that serves as a mediator between our body and the outside world, impulsively questioning contradictions.
An inside that can be affected by the interaction with a piece of clothing through a flood of self-imposed and accidental tactile memories. A piece of clothing can influence our way of being.
Steer our deepest layers.