Peau/Pli: A Skype Performance and Its Metamorphoses

Daniel Fetzner, Martin Dornberg

conference: DARE 2015: the dark precursor
date: November 10, 2015
venue: De Bijloke Music Center, Auditorium
format: in words
practice: performance
keywords: improvisation, noise, outside, skin, The Fold

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An actor reciting Deleuze and Anzieu and a dancer in a bubble. A delirium of words, electric signals, movements. Criticising and exploring connections, intercorporeality, and processes of embodiment.

The outside is not a fixed limit but a moving matter animated by peristaltic movements, folds, and foldings that together make up an inside: they are not something other than the outside, but precisely the inside of the outside (Deleuze 1993, 96–97).

In the performance PEAU/PLI the ubiquity of different media moistens the physical sensation of the participants. Enfolded by the noise of the data cloud, the “Skin-Ego” (Anzieu 1985) loses its contour, the boundary between the self and the environment is no longer clearly determined. Thousands of Deleuzian “folds” are to be experienced.

An actor performs texts by Anzieu and Deleuze in a former worker’s pub. He interacts via Skype and electric vibrations with a dancer in a plastic bubble, enfolding his “Skin-Ego” in the streets of the surrounding quarter. In the hyperlocal encounter of the interacting improvisation, dissonant presence experiences are evoked by the artists. The performance was folded again and again, for example, at gallery Schaufenster in Selestat (France), at Regionale 2014 and in the book Intercorporeal Splits (Fetzner and Dornberg 2015).

Which forms of artistic encounters and of collective forms of thought and affect arise in this performance and its metamorphoses? What kind of place, time, and body relationships emerge? Which roles play the technical, medial, and topological agents in the formation of the common intercorporealities and in the emergent socio-technological processes? How can the philosophy of Deleuze contribute to our understanding or/and influence these projects and the corresponding processes of artistic research, its methodologies, and its transdisciplinarity?



Anzieu, Didier. 1985. Le Moi-Peau. Paris: Dunod.

Deleuze, Gilles. 1993. The Fold: Leibniz and the Baroque. Translated by Tom Conley. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press

Fetzner, Daniel, and Martin Dornberg, eds. 2015. Intercorporeal Splits: Künstlerische Forschung zur Medialität von Stimme, Haut, Rhythmus. Leipzig: Open House.


about the author(s)

Daniel Fetzner

Daniel Fetzner (b. 1966), studied architecture and media studies in Munich, London, and Berlin. He was Creative Director of echtzeit GmbH Berlin (1998–2001), Professor for Media Design at Furtwangen University (2002), a visiting professor at San Francisco State University and a guest artist at ZKM Karlsruhe (2007), a professor at German University Cairo as Head of the Media Design Department (2009–2011), and a visiting professor at Srishti School of Art, Design, and Technology, Bangalore (2012). Since 2014 he is Professor for Artistic Research at Hochschule Offenburg.

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Hochschule Offenburg, DE

Martin Dornberg

Martin Dornberg (MD, PhD, b. 1959) is a German philosopher and researcher/medical practitioner in the field of internal medicine, psychosomatics, and psychotherapy. Since 1989 he has been a lecturer in the Philosophy Department of the Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg im Breisgau, and the Centre of Anthropology and Gender Studies (ZAG) and since 1998 he is Director of the Centre of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at St. Josefs Hospital in Freiburg and the Consultation Service for Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy for St. Josefs and the Loretto-Hospitals in Freiburg. In 2008 Daniel Fetzner and Martin Dornberg founded the group mbody—artistic research in media, somatics, dance, and philosophy.

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Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg, DE