Hannah Valentine: Flex

Tactile bronze forms lay at rest as potential prompts for action. Hannah Valentine’s Flex engages with the zone of the gym and the way we construct and understand our bodies, using forms reminiscent of exercise equipment to explore modes of sensory engagement and haptic knowledge.

French philosopher Bernard Stiegler argues that, in our age of constant technological innovation, feeling and sensibility is being overridden and is catastrophically at risk.

Flex questions how the physicality of the ‘gym-going’ body may propose either relief or disconnect from sensory experience through its calculated regimes. Within our climate of technological advances, rapidly progressing automation and the saturation of digital culture, slowing to reflect upon the significance of feeling, touching and exerting has a refreshed sense of urgency.

26 July - 21 September 2017