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Three Highgate is proud to present a new exhibition 'The Feeling in My Tongue' 

 

The Feeling in My Tongue is an interdisciplinary exhibition featuring six practice-based doctoral candidates at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts. The exhibition showcases their ongoing research projects through various media such as textile, sound, installation, performance, and moving images and offers to explore our own individual perception of their works. How does our engagement with sensorial, auditory or tactile based on our lived experiences or impairment evoke sensations and emotional responses in our bodies? We invite you to investigate how the subjective process of perception and engagement is influenced by one's accumulated life experiences, and how such interactions manifest in physical responses within the observer's corporeal and experiential dimensions.

 

While body-mind discussions span across numerous discourses, from spirituality to philosophy, psychology to contemporary arts and so on, this exhibition explores the role of feelings and sensations in the human body. The earliest sensorial exploration is claimed from the oldest Buddhist meditation technique, Vipassana[1].  It involves investigating the physical reality and presence through one's own sensations within the body's limits. By observing our bodily sensations in a still position and how our minds react to them, we can see reality as it is. 

 

Contrary to Vipassana’s ideas, which involve concentrating on bodily sensations in absence of movement without intellectualising or visualising the practice, the French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s (1908-1961) approach to the body emphasises bodily reflection's dynamic and directional nature, focusing on its potential. According to Merleau-Ponty, understanding the body's movement is crucial in understanding how we live. In addition, his concept of intercorporeality highlights the unique connections we share through our bodies and our subjective experiences of the world.

" Each one of us is pregnant with the others and confirmed by them in his body[2]".

In this quote, Merleau-Ponty employs the metaphor of being "pregnant" to empasise the interdependence that binds individuals and beyond. Our engagement with the world is fundamentally mediated by our corporal existence. It argues against the notion of our bodies as mere vessels, suggesting instead that we are inherently inseparable from our embodied perceptions. 

 

To move away from mind and body dualism or the dichotomy of dynamic and stillness, you are invited to reflect upon the emotive and physical reactions provoked by each piece. Engage with an artwork that resonates with you and contribute to the dialogue by documenting the feelings and sensations experienced in the book provided within the gallery space. This exercise serves as a personal exploration and a collective archive of embodied responses to artworks on display. 

 

The opening of this exhibition coincides with Deafblind Awareness Week, and offers a timely contribution to increasing awareness and understanding of dual sensory loss, which affects over 450,000 people in the UK. Three Highgate has collaborated with experts in the field Philippa Bradbury and James Nathaniel McVicker to develop a range of accessibility features for the exhibition, including Braille and large print communications.

 

[1] According to Vipassana Mediation website, it comes from Gorama Buddha more than 2500 years ago. 

[2] Merleau-Ponty, M. (1960/1964). Le philosophe et son ombre. (R. C. McCleary, Trans.) The philosopher and his shadow. in Signs. Evanston: Northwestern University Press. 

Notes to Editors

The Feeling in My Tongue runs from 28 June until 1 August 2024. The exhibition is open Thursdays and Saturdays, 2pm to 6pm, Sunday 12-noon to 4pm, and by appointment on all other days. To book an appointment, please contact  info@threehighgate.com

 

The exhibition has been curated by Vija Skangale, and produced in collaboration with Irina Johnstone, the founder and director of Three Highgate Gallery.

 

For general enquiries and press enquiries, please contact Three Highgate team at info@threehighgate.com

About Three Highgate 

 

Three Highgate is an art gallery and creative hub which places special emphasis on development and promotion of both emerging and established modern and contemporary artists with a unique and poetic vision. 

Established in 2021 and located in Highgate Village, an iconic part of London teeming with history and culture, Three Highgate's vibrant cultural programme further extends artists' work and legacy through book publishing, cinematography, artists' talks and residencies as well as art exhibitions. In addition, Three Highgate runs diverse cultural symposia - artist-led gatherings and live events dedicated to theatre, literature, music, dance, film and poetry. 

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About Vija Skangale

Vija Skangale is a Georgia-born, London-based multidisciplinary educator, curator, and researcher. She is currently a PhD candidate and a visiting lecturer at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London. She participated in various art projects, including the Kunsthalle Tbilisi, Tate Modern Late, and Tate Exchange, among others. Her written work has been featured in publications such as MoMA, S.M.A.K. Museum, Biennial Foundation magazine, the Calvert Journal, Tbilisi Public Art Fund, and many others. Her research focuses on recent histories of contemporary art within the framework of post-socialist transition. She explores practices and exhibition histories in Georgia that have been under-documented, aiming to broaden our understanding of exhibition-making during a period of significant cultural transformation.

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