still pouring from
the soft spot 
(2021)

is a collaborative project between Veera Nivalainen and dance artist Sonjis Laine, aiming to give space to sensitivity as multi-sensorial and visceral. Sensitivity is fluid; the body is a membrane from which and into which emotion and sensation are dripping. The work is inspired by the feeling of bursting emotion and the bodies presented in sci-fi literature (futuristic, speculative, strange yet identifiable and something we can empathise with). It looks at the stigma of sensitivity and materialises emotional labour as not measurable, but experiential work.
Nivalainen and Laine have explored these themes trough movement, liquids and animated video. Visual research of Nivalainen focuses on virtual materiality and utopias, imagining spaces for feeling, healing and relating.