New York✧Slow Hand Movements✧* Gentle Whispers * Water * Salt * Tingles *
curated by Frederick Cruz Nowell for Passing Fancy
works of Amanda Bowles, Gregory Carideo, Gordon Hall, Maryam Jafri, Jiu Society, Liao Guohe, Oren Pinhassi, Trevor Shimizu, Zhang Peili
Boers-Li Gallery, New York, presents ✧Slow Hand Movements✧*Gentle Whispers *Water * Salt * Tingles *.
Taking the online world of ASMR videos as a reference, this group exhibition presents works by artists that foreground the instrumentality of touch in the phenomenological experience of the lived body, especially bodies that requisitely and recreationally navigate physical and virtual spaces.
In the ASMR genre, creators upload self-produced videos of themselves doing what would typically be considered outrageously mundane tasks – such as tapping on books, whispering instructions, crinkling cellophane wrappers, and so on – in order to conjure “sounds that feel good”. To produce these affective moments, which can “trigger” sensations of aroused relaxation, everyday objects are made devoid of their customary functions, and are repurposed to perform audio-visually in ways that exude tactility and intimate proximity.
There is an inherent queerness in this pursuit of pleasurable sensations. Listening to objects as a means of self-touch untethers our practical connections to them, scrambling the normative ways things are supposed to be appreciated, used, and felt. The phenomenon of ASMR also points to larger issues about the negotiations of desire, productivity, intimacy, and materiality through digitally-mediated delivery, and this exhibition presents works that re-attend to the aesthetic values of objects and gestures in order to compel new orientations to thingness, order, systems, song, self-care, and pleasure.all images © the gallery and the artist(s)