These words, or something close to them, were once said to me by a friend. In a moment when « I love you, » « I am going to miss you, » or « Take care » would have usually been used, they made up their own formula. It sounded a bit clumsy and, at the same time, so right that it deeply marked me. When the pre-existing words and gestures of love no longer embrace our feelings, what language can we invent?
“feels good to know you exist” reflects on the communication of emotions in the context of non-normative relationships. It explores how the questioning of gender, sexual or romantic conventions opens up new, creative ways of transcribing and living intimate feelings. It speculates on the construction of an alternative emotional language, somewhat stumbly and fumbly, a bit uncertain, but liberating. A language that wouldn’t be just made of words but also of gestures, objects, gazes, prayers, or food – of all the living and non-living entities which translate this strange feeling called love. Through them, nestled in the heart of our queer intimacies, a discreet revolution is taking place and disrupting our identities.
Avec le soutien de Tokyo University of the Arts – Department of Global Arts
Commissariat Cléo Verstrepen