Stefa Govaart


Through the object of the knife, Trieb explores the logic behind the action of cutting, taking up the well-known “problem” of Western philosophy, the split between mind and body. In the work, Baliasnaja performs a thought experiment in which the unity of body and mind is substituted with the one of body and knife. She examines what happens when the supposedly immaterial mind is approached as if it were a graspable object with specific physical qualities. What does it mean to think and sense like a knife? What are the material consequences of conceptualizing thinking as cutting?