Shared States special issue
People tend to think that emotions are felt and experienced in a unique, individual way. But what if emotions are first shared, and only then internalised? What if they arise out of our social and cultural worlds, and are then “borrowed” by us individually? This special issue explores the potentialities of shared emotional worlds, and asks: how do “inner states” bring us together and along what lines do they divide? What potential might such shared emotional economies entail in societies increasingly divided along political, economic and other lines?
Shared States is a special issue in collaboration with The Lithuanian Cultural Institute, edited by curator Juste Jonutyte. The theme for this special issue was developed in dialogue with anthropologist Kristina Jonutytė.
Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė look into the emotion of fear interspersing a number of text excerpts they collected throughout their Young Girl Reading Group sessions with behind-the-scenes photography from the making of their recent video piece Mouthless Part I.
Why is there so much disappointment around us? How might one explain disappointment? What is the political nature of disappointment? Artūras Tereškinas writes for Tohu Magazine about the notion of disappointment, following ''Bjaurūs jausmai'', his recently-published book, a collaboration with Adomas Danusevičius about ugly/negative feelings.
How can the constant bombardment of shock and emergency and suffering in our world be harnessed as a source of power and collective strength? How do we act and unite in a world that constantly isolates and shocks us, destroying the very ecological and social systems in which we survive? Post Brothers examines how dissociated social interactions are translated into value and yellow coal channels emotions as a form of power.
What does it mean to make art about real feelings, and what does it mean to view it? What happens when integrity is divorced from sincerity? Markus Thor Andresson and Chen Tamir explore how artists reintroduce emotion and concepts like sincerity, integrity, humiliation and the pathetic in contemporary art.
During a conference at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, four art scholars met a live avatar for the first time. The avatar appeared on a screen and was operated behind the scenes by an actor using an animation suit. The text in this video is an excerpt from a letter to the avatar, written by Liat Lavi for the event.
Yates Norton and David Ruebain discuss interdependency, relationships and profound connections challenging the division arising from oppression and individualism.