Logbuch #21 Woche 4

In our last week we found a common dynamic how to treat and create material together that would consider all different ways of working from all 4 of us. We got closer to what we experienced as “organizing difference”: keeping the creative spirit up and directed forwards despite differences in artistic/ aesthetic/ methodological approach and scheduling.

We started to put materials next to each other, not intentionally to present them as a scene but more as a try-out of possible combinations.

We kept questioning the real and deeper intersection of each of us individually with the topic of hospitality and started telling stories and made them interact with other materials (clamps, air mattress dance, brush face, coffee making, lights etc.) on stage.

The presence of our mentor was a helpful outside eye on practical issues of how materials could potentially be understood/ seen when not as much involved into the topic as we are.

The presentation to a public was a helpful, question rising experience, rich in feedback and dialogue. Images rose strong questions from audience members such as whether or not religion or the internet are rather hostile or hospitable or what the power relations between host and guest are – and how fast they can change.

In the debrief with the Theater Wrede+ we formulated the wish to have (had) more interaction with possibly interested people throughout the time of the residency to keep searching together and dig into questions.



Logbuch #21 – Woche 3

• We spoke again with Anya, and our conversation with her led us into new topics for thought /research, including looking at the meaning of the word ‘radical’ – first the dictionary definition of getting ‘to the root’ of something; and second, looking at it from the point of view of Derridian deconstruction, circling around the thing which might lead us to see for a moment beyond the binaries. We’ve been questioning what it would mean in each of our respective practices to get to the ‘root’ of something. We’ve also been thinking about the possibility of two different methodologies for taking improvisations, rehearsal room ideas etc. to the next level. The first would be by trying to pin-point the root of the thing (be it an improvisation, an image, an idea), and working more and more specifically into that. The second is to allow ourselves to continually circle the thing, hoping to open up a new space beyond the rational or intellectual by doing that.

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• Anya’s conversation also brought up for us the idea of art as a space for difference, and we’re continuing to question whether we are creating a space for difference – both in the rehearsal room, and in the material we are creating.

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• We also thought about the topic of adaptability, and to the possibilities of ‘becoming oneself’ or ‘changing oneself’. This connected to hospitality through the idea that the guest, the stranger, brings change, and in order to host radically we need to be willing to allow ourselves

• We emailed with our mentor and his response led us to question how each of us individually intersect with the topic of hospitality – why we care about it and where we stand in relation to it.

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• During the week we continued to use the chair-object for research, taking it to public places, both outdoors and indoors, and either waiting for passers by to question it and use it, or inviting people to be our guest as we held them.…


Logbuch #21 – Woche 2

These are the questions / topics / explorations that came up for us this week:

We spoke with a philosopher who is researching Radical Hospitality and focuses on Derrida, and out of our conversations we came up with three new topics of exploration: 1. Ways of organizing difference (this came from a conversation about the difference between judeochristian societies which are based on politics as a way of creating unity, and ancient greek society, where politics were a way of organizing difference. The differences between the two have a huge effect of the ways hospitality is understood and enacted in the respective societies). 2. Adaptability, and its positive and negative connotations. 3. Derrida’s understanding of the word ‘radical’. We’ve been exploring these questions and topics through discussion and improvisation, and will continue discussing them with the philosopher this week.


Juan made a chair with two legs that requires a person to stand within it to create the back rest and back legs. We used this chair in rehearsals to create dialogue between the person sitting on the chair and the one holding it. We also improvised with it as an extension of the body, or a host/guest of the body. This coming week we are working site-specifically in a local bar, with a non-performer we have met in Oldenburg, to shoot a video-performance using the chair.

We continued to question and define what is territory – exploring its possibilities in terms of space, visual, smell, sound and language.

We began working with sound, Alma live-composing based on improvisations (translating between forms).

We explored text, using the chair to generate dialogue, and also within an improvisation which brought us to an interrogation. (In Derrida;s text he discusses whether hospitality requires knowing anything of the guest – questioning the guest. He calls the guest the ‘question-being’ – ‘the one who, putting the first question, puts me in question.)

We continued our exploration of textures and materials – for one exploration each person went alone in the town and brought back an object to create games/dynamics/tasks with.…


Logbuch #21 – Woche 1

Hosti-pi-tility – ein Wortspiel aus hospitality (Gastfreundschaft) und hostility (Feindseligkeit) entspringt Derrida’s Begriff der ‚radikalen Gastfreundschaft’ und ist Ausgangspunkt unserer Recherche: Wir sind 4 Künstler aus 5 verschiedenen Ländern und schon lange in der Rolle des Fremden zu Hause. In dieser Kollaboration zielen wir darauf ab, uns anzufremden: wir suchen nicht nach Gemeinsamkeiten. Wir fokussieren uns auf Arbeitsmethoden und Denkmuster der Anderen die uns selbst fremd sind und integrieren sie in unseren eigenen Methodenkatalog. Wir bieten keine Lösungen oder suchen nach Konsens. Aber nach einem anderen Blick auf Fragen unserer Zeit: Angesichts derzeitiger Diskussionen über die Grenzen der Gastfreundschaft wird das Machtverhältnis zwischen Gastgeber und Gast zur zentralen Frage. Wie könnte radikale Gastfreundschaft aussehen? Ist das überhaupt wünschenswert? Unser Ziel ist es Andersartigkeit erlebbar und die damit einhergehenden Spannungsverhältnisse für alle Seiten spürbar zu machen.

Week 1

Hello. Welcome!


At first we shared OUR OBSESSIONS AND METHODOLOGIES. Juan went first:


Then Kinga:


­Cocooned structures

Then Alma:


­William Forsythe
Essay on Choreographic Thought on ​http://www.williamforsythe.de/essay.html
And corresponding solo exhibitions ​http://www.williamforsythe.de/exhibitions.html
Website examining the organizational structures in the dance ​One Flat Thing, reproduced by William Forsythe  http://synchronousobjects.osu.edu

Kathryn went last:


Inflatables:  https://vimeo.com/album/3714817/video/147149267
Then we started getting into touch with the space. We invited fictional strangers into the space and made their home be ours. We split into groups and created installations using objects and invented stories around those.

Installation photos:








Discussions brought us to the topic of territory. Derrida says:
Hospitality is the tension between the right of a guest to a welcome versus the right of the host to their domain.
So we discussed relationships/ tensions between host and guest. The symbiotic relationships
that exist can be broken down into three categories:
Parasitic ­ relationship is beneficial for one, and harmful for the other Commensualistic ­ relationship is beneficial for one, not harmful/ affecting the other Mutualistic ­ relationship is beneficial for both

This made us come up with a set of exercises that kept us working for the next days:


Exercise 3 lead us to duets between Kathryn/ Kinga and Juan/ Alma: one of both is invading
the other person’s territory whereas the other is accomodating the other/ enduring the weight/ support Aggression and care played a role in different scales.…