Tender Rhythms is an interactive installation using real-time EEG bio-feedback to sonically and visually represent tenderness and the co-created tender third. Tender Rhythms starts from the claim that language both presupposes a coherent and autonomous subject and a binary logic in which the self is split of from the other. This interactive installation gives voice to two different kind of entities: 1) a kind of subjectivity that is not coherent and self-sufficient, but instead open and porous because the other created a holding space in which such openness is made possible, safe and applauded. And 2) a co-created entity which is not reducible to the binary logic of self vs other, but transcends this logic by creating an in-between ‘thing’ made up of parts of both.
Tender Rhythms premiered in Brussels on July 18th at the Neuropsychoanalysis Society conference: Satisfaction at Last. Neuropsychoanalysis on Sex, Drive and Enjoyment, where installation won the NPSA prize for BEST POSTER.
Tender Rhythms will form the artistic chapter of my eponymous doctoral dissertation.