​Ané Lategan - artist
Scupture and installations​​​​
catalogue = 2016


My practice is influenced by the notion of interaction and involves investigations into pressure points that are both bodily and cultural.  The viewer is invited to move inside the installations and become a part of the work which attempts to activate the viewer's bodily sense of touch and proprioception and catalyze a way of  “seeing” and understanding the world.  The visceral quality of the work allows proprioception (the unconscious perception of movement and spatial orientation from stimuli within the body itself) to become the medium.  The pressure of forming oneself according to certain cultural standards as well as the physical pressure we inflict on objects we touch and vice versa become the focus of the work.
The sensory receptors’ form (Pacinian-, Meissner’s- and Ruffini Corpuscle) is echoed in the sculptural forms, which in turn is highlighted by the cast shadow on the floor and the textures the viewer is confronted with. In the act of moving through the field of “skin”, the work becomes a bodily experience where the relation between the viewer and their own body as well as others within the space becomes apparent. The various translations of matter articulate frequencies in both the work itself and our own bodies, that brings to mind the issues of internal and external energy currents.  The use of pig guts throughout the work deals with the notion of digesting/internalising the external world.  The digestive tract is considered to be external from the body as it is in continuity with the outside world.  By highlighting the reciprocity of our internal-external being-in-the-world, the viewer is confronted with their own porous disposition.
Everything was created by my hands and bronze cast crochet needles as an extension of the artist's touch.

Pacinian Corpuscle

Copper, Pig Guts, Video
Dimension variable

Pacinian corpuscle is an encapsulated receptor found in the deep layers of the skin that sense vibratory pressure and touch. Each corpuscle is an onion-shaped structure consisting of many concentric layers of tissue. Embedded within this structure is a free nerve ending. When the corpuscle is deformed by pressure, an action potential is initiated in the nerve ending. Pacinian corpuscles are found in many areas of the body, including the skin, the mesenteries surrounding the gut, and joint capsules. The Pacinian corpuscles in joints provide information on the position of the joints. As such they play an important role as proprioceptors[1].  The installation, Pacinian Corpuscle, deals with the uncanny external-internal interplay of our bodies that are constantly shifting by the act of touching and “seeing” touch.  The shadow cast on the floor highlights the form of the Pacinian corpuscle.  The act of moving through the digestive tract made up of pig gut skin becomes an under the skin investigation which creates a bodily awareness in relation to space and other viewers.   This awareness enriches the viewer’s embodied feeling of porousness.

The tremoring vibration of the copper wire in relation to the body stimulates a sense of visceral awareness and the uncomfortable pressure we experience from points of visible and invisible movement and energy around us.  The copper can be seen as a connectivity that links the infrastructure of material through touch as a form of connection to the body of the viewer and artist.    The laborious act of crocheting and working with pig guts could speak to the cultural pressure of the Afrikaans farming feminine identity. 

[1] Bio.rutgers.edu. (2016). Skin Receptors: Pacinian Corpuscles. [online] Available at: http://bio.rutgers.edu/~gb102/lab_5/104cm.html [Accessed 3 Nov. 2016].
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    Pacinian Corpuscle
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The trembling vibration of the copper wire in relation to the body stimulates a sense of visceral awareness and the uncomfortable pressure we experience from all points of life.

a walk through the installation

Ruffini corpuscle​​
Video Installation
Copper wire, skin
48 x 89cm

Ruffini Corpuscle deals with the notion of continuous pressure.  These receptors senses sustained pressure and are associated with slowly adapting fibers that respond as long as the stimulus is present[2]. This video installation is a documentation of an intimate performance while being inside the Pacinian corpuscle.  From an external perception, the encounter seems very calm and almost forms a protective barrier for the skin against external currents, while the internal experience of being inside the second skin was painful with the skin attempting to burst out of the boundaries in order for the pressure to release. During the performance, I had to lay as still as possible in order for my skin to adapt to the intense pressure of wanting to burst through the crocheted copper. The reactivity of the copper wire becomes an extension of touch as a form of connecting the body’s tactile receptors with the outside world.  The video hints to these pressure points and the tensions of the confined body and how it finds ways to resonate with and escape these boundaries. 
The video installation can only be viewed through the unintended holes in the field of pig guts skin.  Ruffini Corpuscle attempts to let the viewer experience the intense visual pressure that could be perceived as a way of “seeing” touch through proprioception. 

[2] Ucalgary.ca. (2016). Somatosensory System 2 | Welcome to the University of Calgary. [online] Available at: http://www.ucalgary.ca/pip369/mod7/touch/somato2 [Accessed 3 Nov. 2016].

Meissner's Corpuscle

Latex, Caul Fat , Mixed Media
700 x 600CM
Meissner's Corpuscles are touch receptors located near the surface of the skin and senses light touch and textures. When the corpuscle is deformed by pressure the nerve endings are stimulated, registering the sensation of touch[3].  These corpuscles are denser in the finger tips and under our toes.  The viewer will be encouraged to take off their shoes in order to experience the installation with the corpuscles under their feet as well as touching every aspect of the installation.
Meissner’s corpuscle creates a breathing room that makes the viewer aware of all their senses by highlighting the open space in relation to their bodies.  The floor covered with caul fat becomes a textured membrane.  The interplay between the fragile nature of the texture of the floor and the pressure of the body on the surface becomes the focus of the work.   The viewer becomes enveloped by textures once they have entered the installation.  The membrane acts as a skin that keeps the viewer inside as a part of the internal structures of the body.  The Meissner corpuscle hanging from the ceiling has the texture of a stomach lining but the form of the Meissner’s corpuscle.  This relationship deals with the notion of internal and external by lighting up so the viewer becomes aware of what is inside. 

[3] Bio.rutgers.edu. (2016). Skin Receptors: Meissner's Corpuscle. [online] Available at: http://bio.rutgers.edu/~gb102/lab_5/104bm.html [Accessed 3 Nov. 2016].
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