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Touched Conference - John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University Art & Design Academy Duckinfield Street Liverpool L3 5YD Merseyside 18 September 2010 11:00 - 12:30 The conference is part of Touched, the International exhibition for Liverpool Biennial 2010, running from 18 September until 28 November. From the organisers: As the story of Doubting Thomas tells us, to touch is the mark of truth, the most intimate gesture and the greatest commitment. To touch or to be touched is the performance of truth, when incredulity is displaced and the world condenses into a moment of all enveloping realisation, changing everything. But let us not limit touch to mean touch physically, even that lowliest of senses, smell, can touch us deeply. To be touched arrives unexpectedly though every sense – including thought itself – locating our most intimate moments in space and time. How to live by these moments where strength and vulnerable. Performing Truths - Moderated by Mark Waugh, Director of A Foundation and Co-director of the International Curators Forum (ICF) Particpants: Tehching Hsieh (artist), Alfonso Lingis (philosopher and Professor of Philosophy Emeritus of Penn State University), Coco Fusco (artist, writer and Chair of the Fine Art Department at Parsons/The New School for Design), Tania Bruguera (artist) 12.30-13.30: Lunch 13.30- 15:00 : Between the Senses - Moderated by Peter Gorschlueter, Former Head of Exhibitions and Displays Tate Liverpool, now Deputy Director of the Museum of Modern Art Frankfurt. Participants: Steven Connor (writer, critic, broadcaster and Professor of Modern Literature and Theory, Birkbeck College, London), Tony Chakar (artist, architect and writer), Jamie Isenstein (artist), Danica Dakic (artist) 15.00-15.30 : Tea 15.30-17.00 : The Beauty of Commitment (working title) - Moderated by Lorenzo Fusi, Curator Liverpool Biennial Participants: Freee (artist), Minerva Cuevas (artist), Alfredo Jaar (artist), Will Kwan (artist)

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