Artist & Activist 艺术家 & 社运人士
The Art of Vulnerability: Communication and Subjectivity in Rope Bondage
09: 30-09: 50 CET 28/05/2021
Kinbaku, literally translated as “tight binding”, is a practice that involves tying between consensual participants. Whereas traditionally it had been regarded solely as an erotic practice popularized by Japan’s adult industry, Kinbaku has been increasingly welcomed by a larger audience who recognize its artistic and communicative potential. Theoretical developments such as “the Interview Metaphor (Barkas, 2016)” also explicated how communication in rope bondage takes place. Drawing upon existing ideas and my personal experience as a Kinbaku practitioner and educator, this talk will illustrate how vulnerability functions as a communication device in Kinbaku. I will also discuss how the practice challenges stable and egotistic subjectivities defined in society. By experimenting with power and embracing vulnerability, we will explore Kinbaku as a queer art that enables a fluid and compassionate subject-making process.
Gandalf was trained as a PhD in psychology at Cornell University before he left academia and started “KinkyFeminist,” a platform dedicated to the research, education and diversification of kink culture. Working as a rope artist and Kinbaku educator, he designed and directed Shibari performances Inhabit and Luna. Moreover, he conducted research on Shibari experience by using emotion tracking technologies with members of Geist Lab at Keio University. He is interested in combining various body arts with Shibari/Kinbaku. Through organizing experimental workshops, he develops a reflective and communicative tying approach that is exemplified in his Kinbaku First Experience, Tying Slowly, and Intention series. He is also a podcast host, independent researcher, and science communicator. His works were published on magazines like DOMUS China.
Gandalf 为前康奈尔大学心理学在读博士，从事人类注意与记忆的研究。离开学界后，他发起了 “KinkyFeminist“，一个专注于Kink文化的研究、教育和多元化的平台，并开始从事绳缚艺术和绳缚教育的工作。他设计并导演了“Inhabit”、“Luna”绳缚表演、并与日本庆应义塾Geist实验室一同通过情绪追踪设备对绳缚体验进行了研究。此外，他还热衷于探索不同身体艺术和绳缚的结合，并通过举办一系列实验性的工作坊，发展并传播具有反思性与沟通性的绳缚方法。这集中体现在“绳缚初体验”、“Tying Slowly”、“心意”三个课程系列中。他也是一名播客主播、独立研究者和科学传播者，所著文章发表在《DOMUS中国》等杂志上。