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While preparing for the Neighborhood Watch Project: Projection Walk, Philip Tonda was also preparing to curate a show in Amsterdam – A Body Presented To Me And You – at the Souterrain Amsterdam – center for contemporary art.
Sept. 13. 2009 – Nov.o1.09
His current curiosity is the body and its relationship to the tactile world, as well as a body of work that brings the artist out of his head, and the ephemeral aspects of experiencing the body. For his contribution to Nhw project, Nightsculpture Reinterpreted, he invited dancer Taylor McLaughlin to interpret one of his earlier works Nightsculpture, 2007 . The piece was an investigation for Philip which occurred in real time at the night of the event as he and the Taylor worked through the concept behind closed glass gallery doors. The continued during the course of the night to reinvent the performance. The experience was engaging to the public as many gathered to watch the performance and Philip engaged the viewers to speak more about it.
A Body Presented to Me and You carries that same themes but for this exhibit he has invited 5 artists to create their own pieces -Augusta Atla (DK/UK), Saskia de Brauw (NL), Johanna Domke (DE/DK), Silvan Laan (NL), Luciano Pinna (NL).
The process and dialogue leading up to the exhibit is documented in curious conversational form in the exhibits catalogue.
Text by Amber Lauletta