The Sensing Salon: Experiments in Entangled Existence *** 11-16 June 2023

The Sensing Salon studies tools of the healing arts towards expanding existing ideas of art and aesthetics. By experimenting with knowing at the connection between thinking and feeling, in this studio we share tools and practices that make it possible to return healing to its place among the daily restorative activities, such as eating, sleeping, resting, etc. Healing, as such, as much as art, is a praxis. It is something to do and it does something: it restores. In our collaborative work, we explore healing as an art form, a praxis of sensing and making sense that includes studying, thinking, and restoring experiments that reach for the deepest level of our entangled existence.

This will be the fifth edition at PAF, through its iterations, the Sensing Salon has gathered momentum and a core group of interested and involved people. In 2019 we began to experiment with a slightly new format which allowed us to deepen the study we had entered collectively while still welcoming new participants. Instead of teaching as many tools as we could in the 4 days, each year we share one tool only, every morning for the whole duration of the meeting, while in the afternoons we engage in collective study groups around a shared set of questions.

This year we want to continue working with Astrology and deepen the study we began last year. In the mornings, artist, writer and student of astrology Amalle Dublon will guide us through 4 sessions which will introduce us to their use of astrology as a practice of speculative planning. In the afternoons, Valentina Desideri and Denise Ferreira da Silva will propose 4 study group sessions in which Chiron will guide our study of four cardinal emotions (anger, shame, guilt, fear). We will use reading and healing tools available in the room as we image and discuss those emotions in light of contemporary ethical and political questions.

Provisory schedule:

11 June
Arrival day
21:00 Conversation and Introduction

12 June
10:00 - 12:00 - Astrology
14:00 - 18:00 - Study Group on Chiron

13 June
10:00 - 12:00 - Astrology
14:00 - 18:00 - Study Group on The Hierophant

14 June
10:00 - 12:00 - Astrology
14:00 - 18:00 - Study Group on Anger and Fear

15 June
10:00 - 12:00 - Astrology
14:00 - 18:00 - Study Group on Guilt and Shame

16 June
Departure day

The Sensing Salon will take place at PAF Performing Arts Forum from July 18th to 23rd 2023. PAF costs 20€ per person per night (or 18€ if you stay more than 5 nights) plus a 12€ membership fee valid for one year. Food will be 15€ pp/pd. We also ask an extra fee of 50€ to contribute to the buying of materials and our expenses.

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