Tender Buttons

Nadja Buttendorf, Christin Kaiser, Stephanie Kiwitt, Luise Marchand, Florian Meisenberg, Julien Prévieux, Jimmy Robert,
Frances Scholz, Pilvi Takala.

13 April – 10 June 2019
Opening: Friday, 12 April 2019, 7 pm

In cultural history and philosophy, the sense of touch is closely connected with the perception and grasping of the world, the relationship between subject and object, the boundaries of the body and the distinction between the human and the inhuman. In the handling of tactile displays, through fingerprint recognition, smart surfaces and in the gestural operation of devices through touch, swipe, pinch and zoom, and so on, the human body itself becomes an interface, a button. What effect does this have on our body perception and our idea of inside and outside? How does the increased use of the sense of touch influence our relationship to interpersonal touch?

The works gathered under the title Tender Buttons, encompass photography, video, installation,  and sculpture, and show current ideas, gestures and images of touch. They draw attention to touch as interaction in the context of interpersonal communication, in dealing with current communication media and computer technology, as well as to virtual forms of touch.

The exhibition is a continuation of the exhibition project TOUCH, which took place at nGbK in Berlin in autumn 2018.


Curated by Nadja Quante and Anna Voswinckel

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