Urbanity and New Manners / PROXIMITY Practice

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2015 , Les Complices*, Zürich, Switzerland

 

Those that sign up for PROXIMITY practice are invited to enter at the exhibition space and put on some comfortable clothes. ”The experience takes precedence over the appearance to an outsider. Physical exchange between participants takes priority over anyone on the side-lines. What matters is the mutual flow of sensation, the kinetic conversation between the people involved, not its entertainment or aesthetic worth to outside viewers ”said a participant.

 

Urbanity and New Manners is a compilation of group practices and urban interventions offering alternative ways of handling everyday interactions. Inspired by El Manual de Urbanidad y Buenas Maneras (The Manual of Urbanity and Good Manners) written by Venezuelan pedagogue Manuel Antonio Carreño in 1853 setting the codes of social behaviour and interaction in the Latin America of the time, 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.