AMAE/DE PINTO in collaboration with Jean-Luc Nancy at Palazzo Grassi, Venice.

AMAE/De Pinto with Jean-Luc Nancy at Palazzo Grassi

Helicotrema Festival will offer a special sonic visit of the exhibition “Sigmar Polke”, while the Teatrino will host sessions dedicated to exploring the live form.


Exhibition “Sigmar Polke”, Palazzo Grassi, Venice. Detail from ‘Die Trennung des Mondes von den einzelnen Planeten’, 2005, Pinault Collection, Ph. Tiziana Fabi / AFP.

Jean-Luc Nancy performing Index n.62 and Index n.63

This is the track that was selected by Helicotrema festival in which Mr. Nancy performed two Indices: nn.62/63.

The track includes a musical background and was a pilot piece for the project ’63 Variations on the body’.

Performer: Jean-Luc Nancy, Philosopher

Curated by Pier Giorgio De Pinto and AMAE Art Collective



Wednesday 19 October 2016 5 p.m at Palazzo Grassi.

Campo San Samuele, 3231, 30124 Venice

The project is curated by Blauer Hase and Giulia Morucchio


After last year’s success, Helicotrema continues its collaboration with Palazzo Grassi – Punta della Dogana, all events taking place in the galleries of Palazzo Grassi and the adjacent Teatrino.

A special playlist will accompany visitors to the exhibition “Sigmar Polke”. Here, the sounds can be accessed independently via smartphones and tablet computers.

In the foyer of the Teatrino Palazzo Grassi, however, three collective listening sessions will be organised. The first session is curated by the theorist and performer Brandon LaBelle.The other two sessions contemplate the effects of architecture on sound and the act of listening. These will feature live sets by sound artists Robert Curgenven and Petri Petri Kuljuntausta.

Palazzo Grassi, from 10am to 7pm. Introduction to the project at 5pm.
Axial Age’: Danilo Correale, Vittorio Cavallini, AMAE/De Pinto, Giovanni Lami, Gaëtan Robillard, Maria Balabas, Dario D’Aronco, Mariangela Gualtieri.
Alchemic World’: Alberto Tadiello, James Webb, Matteo Nasini, Roberta Busechian/Christoph Szalay, Pauline Oliveros, Maria Luisa Spaziani.
Rationalism’: Alessandro Bosetti, Alessandra Messali, Petri Kuljuntausta, Roberta Durante, Bernhard Rüdiger, Giacomo Raffaelli, Cecilia Borrettaz.

Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi, from 6pm to 9pm
Live session:
18:00 – The Hidden Sphere: Brandon LaBelle
19:00 – Climata: Robert Curgenven
20:00 – Petri Kuljuntausta

Free entry from 5pm

Curated by Blauer Hase and Giulia Morucchio
With the support of OCA – Office for Contemporary Art Norway
In collaboration with Eventi Arte Venezia
A special thanks to the Pentagram Stiftung


Helicotrema | Palazzo Grassi

Audio recorded by Jean-Luc Nancy for the project

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

(French with subtitles in English)

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Jean-Luc Nancy


Spuren 2.0. Index n. 17: Proximity and distance. E-Werk. Freiburg. 12.07.2013

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The 58 (+1) indices on the body will be hosted by Spuren Symposium c/o E-Werk. Freiburg.

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all photos by Pier Giorgio De Pinto © Pro Litteris/Zurich

AMAE/DE PINTO performing at E_WERK in Freiburg (Germany)

AMAE/DE PINTO performing at E-WERK in Freiburg (Germany)


Ph. by Pier Giorgio De Pinto © PRO LITTERIS / Zürich

Index n.17_Proximity and Distance
Performance by AMAE/DE PINTO
Friday 12 July 2013 from 9.00 p.m. throughout 10.00 p.m.
In the framework of the SPUREN symposium, due to be held in the E-Werk space in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, from 12 to 14 July 2013.
Entrance is free of charge.
The theme of the Spuren symposium this year focuses on the link between digital and physical. Current manifestations of Self in our world can be investigated by studying the emergence of new environmental implications and multimedia connections.
The AMAE artists’ collective is partnering with the artist Pier Giorgio De Pinto, continuing to pursue its performances inspired by the essay by the philosopher Jean Luc Nancy entitled 58 Indices on the Body.
After its début in Freiburg’s Municipal Cinema, when the co-operation was consolidated between the Amae/De Pinto artistic partnership and the French philosopher known for his fundamental work Corpus, the project of 58+1 Indices on the Body is now confirming its presence in an even more ambitious setting: Freiburg’s E-Werk cultural centre.
*AMAE: “When De Pinto expressed a wish to create a performance inspired by Nancy’s essay, we answered: why only one and not 58?”
*AMAE: “What Mr Nancy writes is not just philosophy. His writings are poetry: pure art. We set out to capture his voice, to give a dimension of sound to his text and to take that sound into all the places in the world that have the potential to appreciate it.”
*De Pinto: “After attending the début performance, Mr Nancy had words to say that we found immensely moving, filling us with positive energy to drive our project forward. After the solo show I held in 2010 in the MACT/CACT with the title of Corpus, I find that the project of the 58 indices constitutes its necessary continuation.”
*Jean-Luc Nancy: “When I watched the performance by Amae/De Pinto, it made me understand why I wrote the essay of the 58 indices… On the basis of what I had the opportunity to see in this performance, I find it is a text to which I ought to add something. If in due course you manage to present all the indices, the entire project… that would be splendid.”
*Opinions gathered during the workshop at the Municipal Cinema in Freiburg in June 2013.
[Translation Pete Kercher]

©2013 shots by Simon Schwab & Jonas Konstandin published with the kind permission of Jean-Luc Nancy

Pier Giorgio De Pinto
Thanks to Dr. med Dr. phil. Martin Dornberg and Prof. Daniel Fetzner of mbody (Artistic Research in Media, Somatics, Dance and Philosophy). Prof. Johnny Golding, Director of the Centre for Fine Art Research (CFAR), The School of Art, Birmingham City University.
Many thanks to Phil. Jean-Luc Nancy, Professor of Philosophy at the Université de Strasbourg for the collaboration with the project.

Index N.10_The unity of a touch.


Index n.10_The unity of a touch.
A body is also a prison for the soul. In it, the soul pays for a very serious crime whose nature is hard to discern. Which is why the body’s so heavy and awkward for the soul. It has to digest, sleep, excrete, sweat, be defiled, be hurt, fall ill.

From Fifty-eight Indices on the Body (Corpus)Jean-Luc Nancy. New York, Fordham University Press, 2008.

French translation:

Le corps est aussi une prison pour l’âme. Elle y purge une peine dont la nature n’est pas facile à discerner, mais qui fut très grave. C’est pourquoi le corps est très lourd et très malaisé pour l’âme. Il lui faut digérer, dormir, excréter, suer, se salir, se blesser, tomber malade. 

Éditions Nota bene, Québec, 2004.


Index N.10_The unity of a touch.
20th of June 2013

On the occasion of _ENCOUNTERS EXHIBITION at @AE Harris, Birmingham, UK

Thanks to :
CFAR Centre for Fine Art Research of Birmingham Institute for Art & Design (BIAD) UK
MACT/CACT Arte Contemporanea Ticino CH
mbody – künstlerische Forschung in Medien, Somatik, Tanz und Philosophie e.V. D

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Index N.17_Proximity and Distance.

58 (+1) INDICES ON THE BODY. Index n.17_Proximity and Distance.

Body to body, side to side or face to face, aligned or opposed, most often just mixed, tangential, and having little to do with each other. But that’s how bodies, which properly exchange nothing, send one another quantities of signals, notices, winks, or signaletic gestures. A bearing, debonair or lofty, a tensing up, an appeal, a depression, a gravity, a flair. And whatever belongs to the categories of words like youth or old age, work or boredom, force or awkwardness . .. Bodies cross paths, rub up against each other, press each other. Take buses, cross streets, enter supermarkets, step into cars, wait their turn in line, sit down in movie theaters after passing in front of ten other bodies.

From Fifty-eight Indices on the Body (Corpus)Jean-Luc Nancy. New York, Fordham University Press, 2008.

French translation:

Corps à corps, côte à côte ou face à face, alignés ou affrontés, le plus souvent seulement mêlés, tangents, ayant peu à faire entre eux. Mais ainsi les corps qui n’échangent proprement rien s’envoient des quantités de signaux, d’avertissements, de clins d’yeux ou de gestes signalétiques. Une allure débonnaire ou hautaine, une crispation, une séduc- tion, un affaissement, une pesanteur, un éclat. Et tout ce qu’on peut mettre sous des mots comme « jeunesse » ou « vieillesse », comme « travail » ou « ennui », comme « force » ou « gaucherie »… Les corps se croisent, se frôlent, se pressent. Prennent l’autobus, traversent la rue, entrent dans le super- marché, montent dans des voitures, attendent leur tour dans la file, s’asseyent au cinéma après être passés devant dix autres corps.

Éditions Nota bene, Québec, 2004.

AMAE/DE PINTO present at the Kommunales Kino Gallery in Freiburg (D)

Index N.17_Proximity and Distance.

16th June 2013

On the occasion of SPUREN 2.0 / Körper-Medien-Sinnlichkeit by MBODY Research.

Thanks to :

CFAR Centre for Fine Art Research of Birmingham Institute for Art & Design (BIAD) UK

MACT/CACT Arte Contemporanea Ticino CH

mbody – künstlerische Forschung in Medien, Somatik, Tanz und Philosophie e.V. D

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