Institute of Coexistence: Rob Hesp


Institute of Coexistence: Rob Hesp

Rob Hesp’s exhibition, which focuses on touch and contact between people, will open the new exhibition series The Institute of Coexistence at WAMx.

The contact catalogue consists of participatory performance work, exploring how we can rediscover the importance of touch and physical closeness as social animals. The contact catalogue is split between 3 channel film, audio headset installation and live performance encounter. The pieces examine softness, embodied feeling and interdependence as things of vital importance in contemporary society, both in the face of growing social division and unfolding environmental crises. 

Rob Hesp (they/them) is an interdisciplinary artist, choreographer and dancer from Leeds, England. The artist’s practice is driven by questions of identity, social interconnection, and community, using their work to create space for provocation, nurture and empathy. They have presented work at venues including the V&A Museum, Southbank Centre and Roundhouse London as well as at high profile festivals and art plat-forms such as Latitude, Spill, Fringe! Queer film festival and Buzzcut.

Opening and performance program

  • Thursday, December 16 at 6pm: Opening. During the opening, Rob Hesp will present their participatory perfor-mance piece. Mikkel Elming and Gry Worre Hallberg, the curators of WAMx 2022 exhibition series, will also be present.
  • Saturday, December 18th at 11 am, 1 and 3 pm: Rob Hesp’s participatory performance – please register here
  • Sunday, December 19 th  at 11 am, 1 and 3 pm: Rob Hesp’s participatory performance  – please register here

Image: Rob Hesp: The contact catalogue, 2021. Still image from the video, photo by P1nk Poodle.


  • adults 10 €
  • reduced price 5 €
  • 7–15 yrs. 4 €
  • family ticket 24 €
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