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Furthermore, everything has its own body, everything is animate, even if to different degrees, as Spinoza remarks, ”For each thing there is necessarily an idea in God, of which God is the cause in the same way as he is of the idea of the human Body. And so, whatever we have said of the idea of the human Body must also be said of the idea of any thing” 1 

Is this reason why I feel everything flows? I can perceive every external body at the same time from different points of imagination. Is perception a state of mind? It probably is. And it’s by trying to understand and define this dynamic research on what I’m feeling, smelling, hearing and tasting in my body. I’m in a surreal suspended macro space-time, where invisible and unstable micro perceptions move and change by connecting with each other, destabilizing what has just passed and mixing with what is coming.

1“Theory of imagination” Spinoza

By moving my legs, touching the ground with my feet wide, shifting my hip out and reaching the knees with my hands I feel my body layered, unfolding, built into a multisensory, physically challenging experience. It is like having an elastic thread that connects my right knee to my left hand, then it moves between my left foot and my head, constantly changing to another position… The language of movement nurtures imagination, balance, agility, delicacy, power, coordination.

I perceive everything as movement and flow:
The body in relation with the environment, the sensations in connection with the mind.

Is that real? Following Spinoza's theory, a human being’s mind perceives everything that happens in his or her body by way of imagination (rather than intellect), and “nothing can happen in that body which is not perceived by the mind”



No more who am I, but rather, who do I want to become?
My body has a different movement, a new layer of skin is growing in this place in becoming, where everything is in a continuous metamorphosis. Here I hear, see and smell the invisible microorganisms are living on me; they need me as much as I need them.

My skin communicates with the environment by manifesting a connection to the same matter in which we, as human beings, are made, perceiving the symbiosis with dissimilar species in the mutualistic relationship with these microorganisms, both species benefit.

Am I at the beginning of a new era? I’m seeing a new layer of my skin, where the epidermis forms a connection between the internal and external world is which gets blurred and mixed with the surrounding smell, sound and matter.

I’m changing and moving between, in a place where matter is the hectic, roaming, snaking impulse that passes through a power of life that human beings had restricted with a passive and conformist behaviour, I’m where life flows in all things.

“If everything is alive, it is not because everything is organic or organized, but, on the contrary, because the organism is a diversion of life. In short the life in question is inorganic, germinal, and intensive, a powerful life without organs, a body that is all the more alive for having no organs.“ 2

2. Deleuze and Guattari. A Thousand Plateaus. 499




Perceptions, SkinBiosis are reflections that I wrote and illustrated by making videos as contributors to The Body Lexicon (DOGtime, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam. The digital lexicon was produced as part of the course Crosslinks 1, taught by Jorinde Seijdel).
I also co-design the website together with:
Renée van der Grinten
Lies Kelder
Melody Raven
Gijs Ruttenberg