HELICOTREMA / AMAE/De Pinto with Jean-Luc Nancy & Stephen Roddy / Palazzo Grassi, Punta della Dogana, Venice


AMAE/De Pinto with Jean-Luc Nancy & Stephen Roddy

58 (+1) Indices on the body. Indices nn.21_7_3 5′:45′’ – 2015


Performer: Jean-Luc Nancy, Philosopher

Composer: Stephen Roddy

Curated by Pier Giorgio De Pinto and AMAE Art Collective


Wednesday 4 November 2015 at 5.30 p.m. at Central Cube of Punta della Dogana / Palazzo Grassi, Punta della Dogana, Campo San Samuele, 3231, 30124 Venice


Free entry to Punta della Dogana for the inhabitants of Venice and the students of the Academy of Arts of Venice, IUAV and University Ca’ Foscari.


The project is curated by Blauer Hase and Giulia Morucchio

Media partner: Radio Rai 3


Programme: http://helicotrema.blauerhase.com/


With the kind support of Eventi Arte Venezia




In 2012 the artistic collective AMAE and the artist Pier Giorgio De Pinto started a conversation inspired by the philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy’s treaty 58 indices sur le corps (Editor’s note “58 indices on the body”), and extended his text into a series of performances with the aim of exploring the contemporary body and involving the audience in close touch as a way of generating in it a deep critical conflict. A few months later, the philosopher himself decided to participate in the project and, prodded by stimuli offered by the artists, added new words to his “Indices”, thereby taking his thoughts towards an unexpected “queer” direction.

The project entitled 58 (+1) indices on the body is an excursus on the contemporary body and its boundaries/potentials in a perspective that flattens the hierarchy between artist and audience through the process of emulation. This would enable the audience to unleash conflicts, which push towards a critical approach instead of a simple behavioural mimicry.

The themes preferred by the collective Amae and by De Pinto such as transience, transfer, otherness, virtuality, Queer Theory are the very soul of the project, which – inspired by the 58 indices by Nancy – takes charge of a method of creative presentation leading into a series of 63 performances.
The performances focus on the idea of body from the physical, philosophical, biological, psychological, emotional, social, educational, economical and cultural point of view.

Amae and De Pinto will literally fuse their bodies, not only to demonstrate the occupied/achieved contiguity/interruption by each body, but in order to bring to life a body/corpus unicum: here the physical, philosophical and psychological extension of the body in action will find its shape.

These will be bodies put into a condition of mutation and transience: a technological, biological and political introduction will allow:

1. to stimulate discussion around the idea of the contemporary body itself in pursuit of a new awareness of the agents engaged with the project.

2. to communicate the cultural change required to broaden the under standing of the word “body”.

3. the various agents to bravely explore their own selves, in order to be able to engage with the discourse about the contemporary social human being.

4. to put together an enormous quantity of data, collected and synthesised into a text (corpus), which must give due consideration to all facets from which the contemporary human being is built.

The long series of performances will cause the active visitor to be themselves author of those thoughts, of those actions and integrate them all.

During 58 (+1) indices on the body, the body Amae/De Pinto will put the public into a condition of active interaction with the performers through the use of technologies and software that were originally created for commercial and/or scientific purposes and now exploited for a brand new artistic practice. These include QR codes, use of AR Augmented Reality and some audio/video interactive installations.


63 Variations on the body.

63 variations on the body. Open call for Composers. 2nd edition.

After the launch of the project on Soundcloud, featuring Jean-Luc Nancy’s recorded voice reading his treaty 58 Indices on the body, AMAE and Pier Giorgio De Pinto extended the idea about working on audio, sounds and voices with a ‘call for composers’ to create a background track for each statement – written and recorded by the philosopher. Candidates joined the Soundcloud group page where they could choose a statement, or more than one to develop a musical accompaniment while also sharing their track with other artists.

On September the call closed. All the tracks will be selected with a choice for the 63 tracks/recorded voices. The idea is to use the selected tracks for a documentary about the whole project 58 (+1) Indices on the body.



58 (+1) Indices on the body Blog



Audio recorded by Jean-Luc Nancy for the project


Nancy talking about the project 58 (+1) Indices on the body

(French with subtitles in English)


Twitter @AmaeDePinto


AMAE ART Collective



Pier Giorgio De Pinto



Jean-Luc Nancy



Stephen Roddy



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