Micro-practices for a New Gentleness

Micro-practices for a New Gentleness, was named after diagram artist and philosopher Félix Guattari, who in The Three Ecologies asked to “organize new micropolitical and microsocial practices, new solidarities, a new gentleness, together with new aesthetic and new analytic practices.” Consisting of 18 verbal prompts organized in six triplets, the Diagrammatic Instrument is to be activated by facilitators in a workshop setting, to support carefully focused conversations. Each verbal prompt is associated with a physical posture, shown by a 3-d printed figurine that participants can hold in hand and enact if desired. Our perspectives emerged from practicing critique in the US art school environment, where it is a central and multi-form pedagogic ritual.
In developing this instrument, The Braid served as a heuristic, using the Braid string and the new figures as 'labels' to envision the new instrument. Micro-practices for a New Gentleness was proto-typed at the Vilém Flusser Archive in Berlin as part of the Transmediale Vorspiel series (January 2020), and performed among other places at Kurimanzutto, Mexico City (February 2020). This booklet accompanied these events.
Other scheduled events had to be postponed. I am looking forward to engaging again, including an on-line exploration you may sign up for, on three days in August 2021, as part of Performance Studies international, Constellate.

Vilém Flusser Archive, Berlin
With about 20 participants, we explored uses of the instrument, including how prompts are delivered, figures are distributed, and improvisation is admitted, all while seeking to establish and maintain focus. After the project context was introduced, participants first removed the table.
Index Art Book Fair, Kurimanzutto, Mexico City
At the Art Book Fair, the booklet and small Braid heuristic were presented as a 'publishable', and Micro-practices for a New Gentleness was performed as part of the programming. Implementing what we learned in Berlin, we experienced a tight and successful workshop.