Jan 9 – Feb 7, 2021
Program to come
Marie DuPasquier &
Horse & Pony, Berlin
Altenbraker Str. 18
Love Letters: Stories of Distant Proximities
Intimate relationships are never just private but always also political. How and who we love influences the way we approach our own species, as well as the world as a whole.The work of Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens serves as a starting point when thinking about sexual relationships as a form of healing. Entering into sensual relationships withmountains, waterfalls and trees, Sprinkle and Stephens challenge basic societal structures such as monogamy and heterosexuality, as well as our relationship to non-human species.
International careers and digitalization have further complicated modern love lives,increasing the number of long distance relationships substantially. The current healthcrisis accelerates this process further. Love letters, phone calls and virtual role-play make up for physical encounters, replacing hairy, sweaty skin with clean, smooth computer screens. While the visual and the aural senses are stimulated, touch, smell, taste andproprioception are being neglected.
Creating a place that smells, moves, touches and talks, Love Letters: Stories of Distant Proximities engages its visitors as sentient beings. Conceived as a series of solopresentations, the exhibition will grow over time. Seeking sensual, sexual and societal healing, the works on view explore the role of intimacy, individual freedom, and artisticpractice.
Proposals – Part 2
Talaya Schmid & Jordan Müller
Talaya Schmid & Jordan Müller
Talaya Schmid & Jordan Müller’s Guided Group Masturbation is a meditation: binaural beats and cat purrs invite the audience to an immersive excursion through the narrativesof the body. Blindfolded, and placed at a safe distance, the group masturbation is an isolated, yet joint, experience.
Tobias Preisig’s In Praise of Small is a series of experimental solo-concerts which seek to open alternative formats and revise the listener-performer-spatiality relationship. Playing on the assumption that musician and listener reciprocally inform one another, In Praise of Small allows an intimate exchange between the two and fosters a shared and non-hierarchical experience for both parts.
Love songs, declaimed poems or spotify playlists: the ways of declaring one’s feelingthrough intermediary supports are multiple. In the framework of the project In Praise of Small, an exclusive sound piece made by the violinist Tobias Preisig is joining th eexhibition. Arbeitsweg – A Musical Love Letter is a soundtrack for one’s path, intended to accompany on the duration, on the way, on the long distance. While it transposes verbal intentions into sound, it also compensates for the lack of physical presence. Through this “soundscape” piece, Tobias Preisig continues to explore ways of listening-seeing-feeling in the most intimate one-to-one exchange.
In her performance, Ewa Dziarnowska lets herself be informed by a studio dispositiveand solo improvisation practice. Raw, impulsive, sharp, sometimes elusive, her movements reduce to essential dance gestures. The corporeal experience, devoid of any narrative tension, seeking into the deepest bodily memories and non-rational knowledge, istranslated into space.
Rafał Pierzyński’s Untitled (touching) is a choreography of multiple selves explored from different perspectives and through the notions of orientation, alterity, touching and being in touch. His phasing, circular journey insists on the hyperreality of bodies as interconnected entities bound by time and space, and reveals the potential of choreography to address them as hyperobjects touching in other dimensions. A party, but for one, a ceremony of touch and non-touch. The performance is a reenactment of Pierzyński’s video work conceived for multiple cameras during the lockdown, on different days, at Kulturfolger Zürich.
Previous proposals – Part 1
Marie von Heyl & Fette Sans