The Institute for Endotic Research: Reading Bodies

facilitated by Lorenzo Sandoval
July 4 - 31.

Reading Bodies by The Institute for Endotic Research is a month-long workshop facilitated by Lorenzo Sandoval who invites participants to work on ways to approach libraries, archives and its potential performativities.

The first contribution to the AFFECT´s last edition was focused specifically on ways to understand the endotic, a concept introduced by George Perec opposed to the exotic to found our own anthropology.

The Institute for Endotic Research (TIER) is an artistic project initiated by Sandoval assembled to work as a host that brings different disciplines together, namely architecture, art, writing and curation, acting as a platform of encounters through the production of a fictional institution with an operative program of collaborations with other agents, composed with the help of architectural devices.

In 2016, TIER continues with its work on exploring the everyday life and the immediate surroundings but focusing in the body. Reading Bodies refers to a double meaning. In one hand, it refers to bodies that read. In the other one, it talks about bodies that can be read, bodies as an archive. The very first access to immediate reality is always one’s body. Therefore, bodies themselves are mediums that work as a device and as a place of inscription. At the same time, they are mediators who have the ability of activating their political agency. Bodies are at once objects and subjects.

The act of reading is never a passive act. When one is reading, is unfolding all the cultural constraints, the previous gained references, and some times, the possibility of practicing the imagination and the critique. From that perspective, nevertheless, reading is a writing gesture.

In this first knot of relationships, the workshop would be articulated around a suggested bibliography (Perec, Preciado, de Certeau, Mignolo, Groys, Pastor Mellado, Benjamin, Federicci, Malabou, etc.) - expanded with the contributions of the participants- that would compose a series of collective readings, together with a program of visits to spaces and artists of Berlin.

As a result of this process the group develops a weekend-long programme at Agora´s new space as final output on the with the construction of a negotiated library made of inner “s(h)elves”: we will design a series of displays in between a library, an exhibition and a program of performance events.


About the facilitator
Lorenzo Sandoval(Madrid, 1980) Lives in Berlin. Sandoval works in the crossing points of artistic practice, curatorial processes and spatial design. He holds a B.F.A and a Masters in Photography, Art and Technology from the UPV, (Universitat Politécnica de Valéncia). Sandoval has attended international residencies in Berlin, (GlogauAIR), Portugal (Vila Nova) and in Nairobi, (Kuona Trust Studio). He was production manager of the EACC, (Espai d'Art Contemporani de Castelló) and is one of the founding members of the independent space Altes Finanzamt in Berlin, where he worked as head curator. Within the framework of the Transeuropa Festival Sandoval organized the project Visualizing Transnationalism together with curator Emanuele Guidi. Sandoval has won several curatorial prizes such as: Inéditos, with ´Around is impossible´, in La Casa Encendida (2011), The Can Felipa Curatorial price with ´(…) Science, Territory and Subjective Narratives´ and Curatorial open call 2012 with ´Case Report´ in Nogueras Blanchard. He has curated ´The Rescue of the Effects, Notes for a Theory of the Reader´ at General Public (2012); ´Field Studies´, Altes Finanzamt (2012), ´Osmosis´, together with Gabriela Acha, ClubTransmediale Vorspeil and ´Disruptive Patterns´ at Atles Finanzamt for Preis für Projekträume und -Initiativen (2013) . He has participated in groupshows such as ´´ at Instituto Cervantes (2012), ´Say it Loud. On words and Actions´ at District (2012) and Handlungsbereitschaft, together with Laura McLardy, Motorenhalle, Dresden, (2013). He presented the project Office Party at Rosa Santos Gallery (Valencia) and Kinderhook and Caracas (Berlin). Recently, together with Susanne Husse, he has developed the ongoing research platform ´dissident desire´ at District (Berlin) for which they have organized three different chapters in the shape of public presentations: ´Chapter 0. Daydreams of Precarious Bodies´, ´Chapter 1. Exercises of Critical Body Building´ and ´Chapter 2. Terrain of Threshold Voices´. His ongoing project ´Mutant Matters´, produced together with the architect collective S.T.I.F.F., was commissioned by Savvy Contemporary (Berlin) and also presented at Ar / Ge Kunst (Bolzano). Sandoval publishes with Broken Dimanche Press.

You can find in the following link some theoretical references and the documentation of the previous workshop from June 2015