Tangible Territory is a platform that offers a space for various voices to meet and discuss themes relating to the role of the body, the importance of place and embodied experience, in giving meaning to our every day experience of life and art. By extension, it also reflects on some of the transformations initiated by technology, globalisation and now also the pandemic and to it related questions of embodiment versus disembodiment, being simultaneously here and elsewhere, present and absent in our bodies and our surroundings.
In the long run, the aim of this endeavour is to build an open community, where certain key values are celebrated, explored, promoted. These include the importance of the whole body in making sense of our human condition, the role of imagination in offering scenarios beyond those that exist and the effects of place/space on our internal realities.
‘Tangible Territory’ is not a real physical location, but a place that lies in the liminal land between the real world and its representation (or evocation) on the screen, between our own unique experiences, informed by our senses and the interior world of our memory and imagination. Hopefully a transformative, living space, where we can meet, interact, grow: An imaginary, yet actual space, because, as C G Jung tells us, everything that acts is actual.
Tereza Stehlikova works as an artist, filmmaker and a senior lecturer. She holds a PhD from the Royal College of Art, where she researched the tactile language of moving image. She is currently engaged in a cross-disciplinary research, investigating how moving image can be used to communicate embodied experience. Stehlikova is a senior lecturer in still and moving image theory and practice, at the University of Westminster and also supervises PhD students at the Royal College of Art. She is a founder of Sensory Sites, an international collective based in London, generating collaborative exhibitions, installations and research projects that explore multi-sensory perception and bodily experience. She also co-founded Artesian, a journal for committed creativity, featuring the writings of John Berger, Don DeLillo amongst many others. Stehlikova has presented her research at a number of international conferences and her films and performances have been shown at a variety of film and music festivals around the world. More about her projects here: https://cinestheticfeasts.com/