Ofri Cnaani, you are my statistical body, digital photo, 2021 - Ofri Cnaani, you are my statistical body, digital photo, 2021

Ofri Cnaani

The Space between Us: somatic knowledge and new techno-spatial scopes
5. – 17. 8. 24

Leaking Lands, videostill, 2021 Leaking Lands, videostill, 2021

About the course

The increasing complexity of the body as a data subject within the urban terrain constantly creates a need for the critical terminologies of the somatic to be reconsidered. This studio explores how we can use embodied listening practices to attune to the evolving network-based spatial scopes that shape our social and political urban environment and imagine new forms of matter-body-data alliances.

Like a public laboratory, the studio class brings forward the possibility of using embodied, auditory, and visual tools to provoke the prevailing data-centric norms of urban living. Through experimental encounters, the course aims to negotiate the complex relations between body, data, and public space and develop a set of social technologies to expose the temporalities of current techno-political building entanglements. By employing embodied listening, we will pay close attention to how our bodies are regulated by the emerging data landscape and develop personal projects that imagine possibilities of anticipatory spatial forms as enduring spaces for productive interruption.

Festung Hohensalzburg
5. – 17. 8. 24
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670 Euro (reduced 495 Euro)

Ofri Cnaani

Ofri Cnaani is an artist and researcher who works across media and performance. Cnaani writes about data and coloniality, digital contested heritage, and performance as a model for creating critical technology. She is a visiting professor at the Institute of Visual Culture, TU Wien, Austria, and a research fellow at the International Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) at the University of Amsterdam. In 2022, she completed her doctoral studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. Until recently, Cnaani was an associate lecturer at the Visual Cultures Department, Goldsmiths, University of London. Cnaani’s work has appeared at Tate Britain, UK; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; Inhotim Institute, Brazil; Israel Museum; Amos Rex Museum, Helsinki; Kiasma Museum, Helsinki; PS1/MoMA, NYC; BMW Guggenheim Lab, NYC; The Fisher Museum of Art, L.A.; Twister, Network of Lombardy Contemporary Art Museums, Italy; Herzliya Museum of Art, Israel; Moscow Biennial; The Kitchen, NYC; Bronx Museum of the Arts, NYC; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Arnolfini Foundation Museum, Bristol; Tel Aviv Museum; Prague Triennial, among others. Before moving to London, Cnaani was based in New York City, where she was a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts’ Visual and Critical Studies program. At SVA, Cnaani founded the program “City as Site: Performance + Social Interventions.” Cnaani is the co-organizer of Choreographic Devices, an annual three-day chorographic symposium at ICA, London, and has recently completed a project at the International Space Station (ISS).


Most important exhibitions and performances:
2023 Museum of Contemporary Arts (MAC), Santiago. SUBTE, Montevideo. Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv. Rampa, Porto, PT. 2022 Triskel Art Center, Ireland. 2021 Austrian Pavilion, 17th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, IT. Petach Tikva Museum of Art. 2019 Amos Rex Museum, Helsinki. Sir. John Soane Museum, London. 2018 Goethe Institute’s Performing Architecture program at La Biennale die Venezia, Venice. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami, FL (US). 2017 Tate Britain, London. Art Museum of the University of Memphis, Memphis, TN (US). The Nathan Cummings Foundation. 2016 Kisama Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki. 2015 Inhotim Institute, Brumadinho, Brazil. Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Dallas Arts District, Dallas, TX (US). 2013Seven Words, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY (US). 2012 Princeton University and Rutgers University. Fisher Museum of Art at USC, Los Angeles, CA (US). 2010 PS1/MoMA, NY. Moscow Biennial. 2009 Twister, Network of Lombardy Contemporary Art Museums, Milan, IT.