Are you thinking about the night?
I get less text messages at night.
We should bring each other to bed.
Do you think about rituals?
No about a feeling of security.
I think about reading aloud.
Did you fall asleep? leer&gut invites you to a pack sleep, to an online pajama party. Together we want to slip into sleep and wake up.
Falling asleep, slipping out of wakefulness. Waking up, reappearing every day anew.
Questioning and examining the intimacy of sleep. Come with(out) make up, in your favorite pajamas. Bring a toothbrush, a book from which you maybe would like to read.
In the evening: lecture, reading aloud, sighing and yawning
In the morning: waking up, morning pages, brushing teeth
"on horizons" – such the project's title of the current studio grant from thealit's COAPPARATION, starting on Thursday, February 11 – March 11 for the artists' duo leer&gut, aka Esther Adam and Katharina M. Greeven. They note: "The horizon – a line that separates the sky from the earth. This becomes the metaphorical setting for an investigation into appearance and disappearance. Your (own) horizon is always a question of position and perspective." And they put, no sooner said than done, a beautiful horizon in between the words:
leer&gut are a multi-tool, researchers and material-hungry. Two, morphing – sometimes disappearing into each other, sometimes appearing separately. They work with the questioning of cultural gestures, displacement, and the shifting and restaging of everyday objects and movements. In their genre-spanning works, they negotiate themes such as (in)visibility, power structures, corporeality, and vulnerabilities.
*COAPPARATION? Cooperation is a process or behavior that can be regarded as essential for many things, ranging from culture and cultural politics to evolution, and vice-versa. Like an engine, it enables the stop and go of functional relationships, whose complex rhythms and intervals can in turn appear instrumental. In an apparition—another word for manifestation—perhaps? In that case COAPPARATION would be a little bit of COAPPARITION, because each instance of cooperation or each instance of its rejection comes down to common understanding, agreement, inquiry, hesitation, and action.
Part 3 of the COAPPARATION project will take place in autumn 2021. A series of events featuring diverse artists, scientists, and activists will be held, to the extent that health precautions at the time allow for events to be presented in small spaces. Otherwise, this format will also be adjusted, and more work will be done outdoors and with the window, in addition to the general digital presentations.