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Workshop performance: Leaning into the air, whispering the wind Facilitated by Susurrus, Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Leaning into the air, whispering the wind is a physical workshop that focuses on developing environmental awareness and embodiment. Led by the performance research group Susurrus (Maria Nurmela / Finland), Renae Shadler / Germany and Australia, Samuel Hertz / USA), Kalle Ropponen / Finland), participants are invited on a sensuous journey through the Palais de Tokyo on the occasion of Tomás Saraceno’s exhibition ON AIR. The collective bodies embrace their surroundings, moulding to the exhibition space in a silent collective backwards walking meditation awakening their backspace and imagination. This workshop will take the visitors into a journey inspired by the movement of the Aerocene Explorer, oscillating between “the micro” — within our cellular selves, and “the macro” — of our greater social, spatial and geographical context.

The exhibition ON AIR is an ecosystem in becoming, hosting emergent choreographies and polyphonies across human and non-human universes, where artworks reveal the common, fragile and ephemeral rhythms and trajectories between these worlds. As a hybrid ecosystem, ON AIR is made of myriad presences, both animate and inanimate, that meet and cohabit within it. Some voices become quiet, whilst others, perhaps those less often heard by human ears, are magnified. The exhibition functions as an ensemble for silent voices, performing the hidden scores that link events and sensibilities, earthly and cosmic phenomena – weaving a web of relations that cannot be described but maybe can be felt.ON AIR proposes a space and time that makes manifest the forces and entities that float in the air, and their interactions with us: from CO2 to cosmic dust, from radio infrastructures to reimagined corridors of mobility. Thus, the invisible histories that compose the ecologies we are part of invite us to poetically rethink different ways of inhabiting the world – and of being human.

Saturday, October 27th from 2 pm to 5 pm
Sunday, October 28th, from 2 pm to 5 pm
Monday, 29th October, 6 pm to 9 pm

Photography by Sharon Pazner. The workshop is supported by Institut finlandais.

Find more information about the workshop here.
Find more information about Susurrus here.