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Art in Quarantine — Inês Teles

UMBIGO invited several artists to reflect on the era we are living in and to think about their artistic production in quarantine times.

Project by the artist Inês Teles.

Inês Teles, Haptic images (or a breeze foresight of the present events), 2020

“Science wants to study man; to know its body, to explain man and body. But, in the end maintains its purely descriptive perspective, does it not? We remain, then,  in the same position as before, because we can only ask “What is the skin?” or “What is touch?”.  Science moves further on in its research: from the observation to the histology of skin, science goes beyond the cells, the corpuscles, the synapsis and finally its path to the brain where sensations are created and where interpretation is formulated. After this thorough explanation, both passionate and complex, we remain unknowing of what it is to touch. Because for each every one of us, the mechanism of touch is internal, untransmissible, invisible and intrinsic to our condition of being in the world. Maybe, just maybe, art is closer to the idea of touch than any other scientific explanation”.

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