Urbanity and New Manners / Lean on me!


2013,  Artist Residency Fellowship at  La Paternal Espacio Proyecto, Buenos Aires, Argentina


video credit: Roberto Raffier

Lean on me! was an investigation about comfort levels of body proximity between strangers in public spaces. I proposed strangers to share their weight with me instead of bearing it on their own.


Urbanity and New Manners is a compilation of group practices and urban interventions offering alternative ways of handling everyday interactions. Inspired by the Latin America-famous Manual de Urbanidady Buenas Maneras (Manual of Urbanity and Good Manners) that set the codes of social behaviour and interaction in the Latin America of the time by Venezuelan pedagogue Manuel Antonio Carreño in 1853, this project invites art and non-art audiences to have collective experiences through body exercises where the center is the building of trust, playfulness and proximity.