A Somatheory Encounter

Breathing is also an event of bringing the outside in and the inside out. As a continuous metabolism of air in the movement through the lungs; in the ow of oxygen through the veins, organs and cells; and in the exhalation that lets the breath out, breathing opens the horizon of what it means to be a human breathing subject beyond conventional boundaries of human embodiment.

Magdalena Gorska, Breathing Matters: Feminist Intersectional Politics of Vulnerability

How does the world breathe? How do we breathe? Can breathing become a feminist practice? Through a collective and participatory experiment in embodying theoretical configurations through breathing exercises and techniques of body-awareness, scholar Magdalena Górska and artist Deborah Ligorio look at the politics of breathing, and consider the possibility of developing breathable feminist politics through engagements with breathing enacted in different kinds of vulnerable lives.

Magdalena Górska is the author of the book Breathing Matters: Feminist Intersectional Politics of Vulnerability. She is assistant Professor at the Graduate Gender Program, Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University. She holds doctorate in philosophy from the Department of Thematic Studies – Gender Studies at Linköping University, and developed her passion for feminist theory and politics at the Department of Gender Studies at Charles University. In 2012-13 she was a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz. Magdalena’s research develops a non-universalizing and politicized understanding of embodiment where human bodies are conceptualized as agential actors of intersectional politics. She is founder of the Breathing Matters Network.

Deborah Ligorio is an artist based in Berlin. Her current research brings together technological, ecological and feminist thinking. She is the editor of Survival Kits, published by Sternberg Press in 2013, and founder of the online platforms [The Eponym] (2014) and DadaAda(2015). She was awarded the 15th Quadrenniale di Roma Young Art Prize (2008), and the Special Prize GAI–Italre Italian Studies for PS1 MoMA (2004). International residencies include: (2003) MAK Schindler, Los Angeles. (1998) OMI International Arts Center, New York. She has participated in Manifesta7, and Sharjah Biennial 8.