Pandemic Encounters in Embodiment and Social Distancing: Performances

Lasse Mouritzen*, Kristine Samson

*Corresponding author for this work

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During the pandemic the body was restrained in several ways and our relation to the city, our everyday spaces and social environment were restrained, transformed, negotiated. Our habitual encounters and relations with others were transformed and new forms of being in the world emerged.
In the film, we audio visually embody a few of the interfaces of social distancing. While we know them affectively from the inside, they are explored visually from the outside. In exploring the emerging encounters to companion species and to the city, we are interested in how social distancing affects us, our bodies, our skin, our everyday environments, and how it creates situations in which proximity and distance are negotiated anew. Remarkably, how the movement of social distancing can also be a movement of a new intimacy.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJER Journal of Embodied Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Bibliographical note



  • pandemic encounter
  • audio visual essay
  • social distancing
  • multispecies
  • urban ethnography
  • multispecies ethnography
  • visual anthropology

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