TOUCHED Conference

Biennial-touched-100biennial-col-100 SATURDAY 18 September 2010 11.00 – 17.00 at LJMU Academy. Touched Conference. This is a free event but booking is essentialclick here to book tickets
As the story of doubting Thomas tells us, to touch is the mark of truth, the most intimate gesture and the greatest commitment. To touch or to be touched is the performance of truth, when incredulity is displaced and the world condenses into a moment of all enveloping realization, changing everything.

But let us not limit touch to mean touch physically, even that lowliest of senses, smell, can touch us deeply. To be touched arrives unexpectedly though every sense – including thought itself – locating our most intimate moments in space and time. How to live by these moments where strength and vulnerability conjoin in both their terror and beauty is what we would define as commitment. A commitment to oneself and to the world that is both personal and political.

The Touched Conference has invited the artists, curators and thinkers involved in the making of the exhibition to discuss these three important aspects of Touched.

Performing Truths
Tehching Hsieh, artist
Alfonso Lingis, philosopher and Professor of Philosophy Emeritus of Penn State University
Coco Fusco, artist, writer and Chair of the Fine Art Department at Parsons/The New School for Design.
Tania Bruguera, artist

Moderated by Mark Waugh, Director of Afoundation and Co-director of the International Curators Forum (ICF)


13.30- 15:00
Between the Senses
Steven Connor, writer, critic, broadcaster and Professor of Modern Literature and Theory, Birkbeck College, London.
Tony Chakar, artist, architect and writer
Jamie Isenstein, artist
Danica Dakic, artist

Moderated by Peter Gorschlueter, Former Head of Exhibitions and Displays Tate Liverpool, now Deputy Director of the Museum of Modern Art Frankfurt.


The Beauty of Commitment (working title)
Julieta Aranda, artist
Minerva Cuevas, artist
Alfredo Jaar, artist
Will Kwan, artist
Anton Vidokle, artist

Moderated by Lorenzo Fusi, Curator Liverpool Biennial