Pièce touchée No. 1 is a performance designed to be experienced only through the touch sense. The eyes of the visitor are bound before he or she is led into a room he/she has not seen before and can only imagine. A 20 minutes piece is then performed in silence by one performer on the body of the visitor, who is not moving or active. It follows a notated score.


The piece can be compared to a virtual painting for which the visitor’s body is the canvas, or a music or dance piece, where the notes or gestures would be played on the body of the “listener” (who ends up being at the same time receptor, interface, instrument and performance space). The visitor's awareness of his or her own body architecture becomes heightened.


As in music or dance, phrases and a syntax are used. The structure is abstract, non-narrative, and only very short parts are improvised.


There are no objects, music, linguistic or visual elements involved. The performers use only their own bodies. The visitor can with a simple sign stop taking part in the performance if he/she wishes to.


The piece means to question our sense hierarchy (the touch sense being traditionally considered one of the lower senses), our privileging of visual/auditory perception and our becoming transhuman by creating an experience at the opposite of disembodiment and virtualization.


Its first aim was to explore the potential of performance work dedicated to the touch sense, while striving to go beyond the usual expectations or associations to touch – be it therapy (massage), the sexual or (in the dance world) contact improvisation.


Concept: Kenji Ouellet

Performance: Kenji Ouellet, Katharina Weinhuber




© K. Ouellet
Pièce touchée No 1



The piece being non-visual, I decided at the time to forbid photographs or a video documentation. It was documented by collecting written reactions, descriptions and comments from visitors who experienced the piece).



Excerpts from the documentation:


“A symphony of the tactile. (...) Maximum degree interaction.”

-C. Rusiecki, theater critique (Bucarest)


"Then it felt like I was touched by some kind of alien (from the deep ocean), which was very giant, soft and had numerous antennas and a warm backbone. Some kind of shellfish, probably."

-A Shanghai visitor (the performers use only their own bodies)


“It was a if there were drawings or images on the body, abstract images, which had different degrees of sharpness or flatness.”


„This work is changing the connotation of touch, it is subversively questioning, giving pleasure, waking up the senses and perception, crossing boundaries, being intimate and abstract at the same time.”

-A. Kaya, curator, Crossbreeds festival, (Vienna)


“One cannot here talk about the overcoming of the separation between the stage and the audience space, discovered long ago. The overcoming itself has been overcome, now the stage is the audience space, more, the stage is the body .”

-R. Knoll, Spots magazine.


„It was like experiencing a modern classical piece of music, atonal at times,

rhythmic, surprising.”


„I heard music, something like experimental sounds“ .

(the performance happens in total silence, but a few reported hearing music, not heard by anybody else in the performance space.)


„In short, the performance rendered me shapeless.“




Performances (selection):


E4 (2006) and Biesdorf Castle, (Berlin). Crossbreeds 2007 (Festival for Dance, Performance and New Media, Vienna), Tanztendenzen Festival for Contemporary Dance and Performance 2007 (Greifswald, Germany), Intrude366 performance series, Zendai Museum of Modern Art (Shanghai), Arena festival for the Young Arts (Erlangen, Germany), Man.in.fest. experimental Theater Festival (Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2008), GrenzArt 1 performance Festival (Kirschau, Germany).

June 15, 2024

Los Angeles

Film Maudit


March 14-31, 2024

Clermont-Ferrand (FR)



February 16- April 21, 2024

York Art Gallery, York (UK)

Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition


November 17-25, 2023

Lublin (PL)

Lublin Film Festival 


November 14-19, 2023

Poznan (PL)

Short Waves Festival


November 8-12, 2023

York (UK)

Aesthetica Short Film Festival 


November 1-5, 2023

Berlin (DE)

Zeichen der Nacht Int. Festival 


October 27, 2023- April 21, 2024

Museum unter Tage Bochum (DE)

Die Stadt ist anderswo (group exhibition)


October 26-31, 2023

Namur (BE)

7ème Aaargh Film Festival


October 20-24, 2023 

Yerevan (ARM)

Yerevan Int. Short Film Festival


October 17-22, 2023

Halle (DE)

Monstrale Festival


October 12-14, 2023

Novi Sad (RS)



October 10, 2023

Munich (DE)



September-26 - October 1, 2023

Baku (AZE)

Dokubaku Int. Documentary Film Fest.


September 14-23, 2023

Vienna (A)

Reaktor Int. Film Festival


September 8-10, 2023

Kanazawa (JP)

Kanazawa Film Festival


August 15-20, 2023

Boulder (US)

Mimesis Documentary Festival


April 10-16, 2023

Athens (OH/US)

Athens International Film and Video Festival


February 23-25, 2023

Lincoln (UK)

Indie-Lincs Int. Film Festival


February 15-19, 2023

Milan (IT)

Innuendo Int. Film Festival


November 10-27, 2022

Granada (ES)



November 8, 2022


Cinalfama Int. Film Festival


November 1-6, 2022

York (UK)

Aesthetica Short Film Festival


October 14-16, 2022

Lund (SE)

Lund Architecture Film Festival


October 5, 2022


Tokyo Film Awards


September 6-18, 2022


L'Etrange Festival


September 1-9, 2022

Split (HR)

Split Film Festival


August 5-13, 2022

Prizren (Kosovo)



April 20-24, 2022


Filmfest Bremen


March 19+22, 2022


Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg


October 26, 2021

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

October 27, 2021

Multimedia Art Museum (Moscow)

Shnit Film Festival


October 2 - November 21, 2021

Arsenale Nord (Venice)

Arte Laguna Prize exhibition

(postponed from March 2020)


June 11, 2021 - August 15, 2021

Haus am Kleistpark (Berlin)

Deceleration (group exhibition)


March 7 - April 4, 2021

Kunsthal Charlottenborg (Copenhagen)

Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition


December 18, 2020 - January 10, 2020


Back Forward Rewind

(online anniversary exhibition)


August 22, 2020 7pm Moscow time

Pushkin State Museum / WWW

Broadcast of 3 of my video works

100 ways to live a minute

(Duration: 24 hours)


Kinofilm Festival Manchester 2020 postponed to May 10-16, 2021


November 13-18, 2019

Wilmington (N.C.)

Cucalorus Film Festival


October 11, 2019


Festival C'est trop court


September 28-29, 2019


Thessaloniki Cinedance International


September 19, 2019


Filmfest Bremen


September 4-8, 2019


Bucharest Int. Dance Film Festival


May 25 - July 18, 2019

Städische Galerie Bremen

screen_spirit continued


July 8-Sept. 4, 2019


On Art Film Festival


July 24-28, 2019


Glmli Film Festival


June 28, 2019


20th Shorts Int. Film Festival

June 22, 2019


17th Signs of the Night Festival 


May 9-16, 2019


Philosophical Film Festival


October 14, 2018 - February 3, 2019

Marl Media Art Awards Exhibition skulpturenmuseum-glaskasten-marl


July-December 2018


Cast and Cut residency


December 12-16, 2018


Alternative Film/Video


November 27-30, 2018


Inshadow Festival


October 20-27, 2018


International Architecture and

Urban Films Festival


May 18 - September 30, 2018

York Art Gallery (UK)

Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition