Jenny Brockmann: #LIMITS

October 2021 at Goethe Institut London, 50 Princes Gate, Exhibition Rd, London SW7 2PH

The discursive performative installation Jenny Brockmann: #LIMITS curated by Linda Rocco at the Goethe Institut London refers to the allegory of skin. As the largest and most versatile organ in the human body, the skin acts as a shell delimiting the inside from outside to protect us against environmental influences and maintain homeostasis, our inner balance. Jenny Brockmann: #LIMITS will set up a public laboratory in the library and auditorium of Goethe Institut London for four weeks, centred around the interactive sculpture Seat#12, discursive materials as well as objects and thought cartographies. Research will be carried out on the properties of skin in the literal and metaphorical sense, inviting guests and the public to question the relationships between inside and outside, sensitivity, permeability, and the shifts within dynamics of demarcation, identification and re-identification.

1st OCT, 6-8pm Entanglement #1: Into Out-of Skin explores modes of communication as tools for knowledge production, with invited guests including Neuroscientist Angela Richards and British Sign Language translator Kyra Pollitt. The workshop challenges assumed relationships between sender and receiver, considering language as a device for systematic exclusion.

4th OCT, 11 to 1pm Entanglement #2: Show me your Skin is a focus group with students and researchers from different backgrounds coming together in a process of negotiation, with invited guests including Dr Victoria Walsh and Biodiversity Researcher Prem Gill. Reflecting on the surplus value generated through the juxtaposition of diverse expertise, participants will tackle notions of opacity in analog and digital media.

8th OCT, 6 to 8pm Entanglement #3: Artificial Skin Poetics utilizes the dynamic regenerative processes of skin and cells to discuss smart textile applications and machine learning, with invited guests including Stem Cell Scientist Dusko Ilic and Emilie Giles. The workshop will aim at producing new knowledge through an active participation from the audience.  The events will take place with closed groups of participants on Seat#12. Visitors can participate as silent observers in the research process. Through the process of observation, a performative character will be revealed.

Jenny Brockmann: #LIMITS is part of the nomadic project BYPASS – The Emergence of Voices initiated by artist Jenny Brockmann and curator Linda Rocco, taking place throughout 2021-22 across six different locations in the UK. Existing within the intersection of arts and science, the project reflects on notions of connectivity from multifaceted perspectives, acting as a bridge to tackle transdisciplinary discourses on collaborative practices.

Where I’m Coming From II

4 – 31 October 2021

A new iteration of Where I’m Coming From will take place online in October 4-31. The digital programme is curated by myself and Rhine Bernardino as co-directors of _inventory Platform.

Supported by Genesis Foundation and Bagri Foundation
In partnership with Jatiwangi Art Factory (Indonesia), Perfocraze International Artist Residency (PIAR, Ghana), Plebeian Artistic Activist Project (PAPP) and Baan Noorg Collaborative Arts and Culture, Thailand.

Liberty Festival

July 2022, in and across Lewisham.

I’m the lead curator and creative producer for Liberty Festival. Liberty is the Mayor of London’s flagship festival of ambitious work by D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists. The annual free festival offers an inclusive, accessible and cultural experience for everyone. It has been presented by the Mayor of London since 2003 in high profile locations including Trafalgar Square, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Southbank Centre. Since 2019, it has developed into a touring festival, taking D/deaf and disabled arts to local communities in outer boroughs when it was embedded into his flagship programme, London Borough of Culture. The inaugural London Borough of Culture was Waltham Forest in 2019, followed by Brent in 2020. Lewisham Borough of Culture 2022 will bring an ambitious year-long programme of events to celebrate the borough’s diverse neighbourhoods, communities and stories. Liberty will be emdebbed in Lewisham as 2022 Borough of Culture, taking place in July.