18 June, 2020
– 18 June, 2020

OUT of TOUCH PANEL DISCUSSION with Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Taina Cruz, Zaiba Jabbar (HERVISIONS) and BORA MICROCOSME
OUT of TOUCH is an evolving curatorial proposition presented by HERVISIONS exploring the idea of touch and its digital analogues in the post-touch world. Through a programme featuring diverse practices perform across the numerous digital platforms OUT of TOUCH seeks to understand what a meaningful language of touch might be beyond the physical.
For this discussion HERVISIONS founder Zaiba Jabbar invites artists Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Taina Cruz and BORA MICROCOSME who will be part of the upcoming OUT of TOUCH programme. The panel will discuss the idea of the new forms of intimacy with our bodies and ways to navigate the unwanted touch of the State through the autonomy of touching.
This event was live-streamed on our  Facebook page and is available to watch.

Speaking Through Plastic, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, 2020

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley is an artist working predominantly in animation, sound, performance and Video Games to communicate the experiences of being a Black Trans person. Their practice focuses on recording the lives of Black Trans people, intertwining lived experience with fiction to imaginatively retell Trans stories. Spurred on by a desire to record “History of Trans people both living and past” their work can often be seen as a Trans archive where Black Trans people are stored for the future. Throughout history, Black queer and Trans people have been erased from the archives. Because of this it is necessary not only to archive our existence, but also the many creative narratives we have used and continue to use to share our experiences.
Danielle’s work has been shown in Science Gallery, the Barbican, Tate, Les Urbains as well as being part of the BBZ Alternative Graduate Show at the Copeland Gallery. An online component of their work can often be found at daniellebrathwaiteshirley.com

Taina Cruz (b. 1998, New York) is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher who graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture and a minor in Critical Theory. Taina’s practice spans sculpture, 3D animation, and painting, and explores themes of blackness, technology, and mysticism. Her work draws from neocolonialism and critical race theory, as well as indigenous wisdom, to search for new meaning, materiality, and methodologies in order to reshape the future. Her work has been exhibited at the Rhode Island Museum of Art, Providence; The Bronx Art Space, Bronx; Re:Art Show, Brooklyn; Current Space, Baltimore, and was awarded the GO-A foundation award in 2019 which allowed her to travel and research in Puerto Rico.

BORA MICROCOSME is a French-born multidimensional artist whose practice spans animation, performance, music, sculpture and painting. The worlds she creates are an expansion of her inner space – they shape and figure her emotions when words sometimes cannot. Her universe is an immersion into an organic process, where you can hear a human being and its inner bodily and mental fluctuations. Through her audiovisual universe she explores layers of identity, captures flesh, its core and unconscious mechanisms. Her quest is to create and unravel a safe space for digital intimacy, and digital humanism. BORA is a ritual, an attempt on existence.

HERVISIONS was founded by award-winning director Zaiba Jabbar in 2015 as a multidisciplinary femme focussed digital curatorial agency and studio. Working across new and emergent technologies and platforms HERVISIONS proudly showcases work created by underrepresented creatives from non-binary, POC, LGBTQ+ and female points of view. With over a decade of experience, her curatorial practice is an investigation into how people in the margins are using technology to create art outside of traditional contexts and making space for themselves in the new digital environment. Jabbar was curator in residence at LUX in 2018 is part of the Artquest and Camden Arts Centre Peer Forum 2020 and is currently a board member of Abandon Normal Devices.
In the past HERVISIONS exhibited at and collaborated with various arts institutions including Art Night, Tate Modern and Britain, i-D x Chanel, Google Arts and Culture, BFI, Gossamer Fog, The London College of Fashion, isthisit?, Mira Festival and The Mosaic Room.


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