What is it about?

soft matter involved the performance and archiving of touch in stitched together gloves, this practice was inevitably affected by the advent of COVID-19. A virtual iteration of the process proceeded and the continued development of soft matter during the pandemic allowed me to reflect on the ghostly traces of touch left in materials and sensed in the body. This artist's paper presents a processual account through drawings, participant reflections, the diffractive methodologies of Karen Barad, a score and a short text.

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Why is it important?

The practice reveals a process through which practices of touch were able to be performed during a pandemic and how materials became the ghostly receptacles and inheritors of these traces..


Composing this piece has been an opportunity to share some hastily-recalibrated practice that grew out of the conditions of the pandemic. I hope it resonates with all those who missed contact in their lives and found other ways to be with touch, its deficit and loss...

Simon Whitehead
University of Glasgow

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This page is a summary of: Stitching soft matter, Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices, December 2021, Intellect, DOI: 10.1386/jdsp_00051_1.
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