with Lea Schürmann & Gregor Kieseritzky
PHASE #1 BASECAMP: Anyone who steps through the door of the connector ends up outside again, no longer at Kötnerholzweg in Linden Nord, Hanover, but somewhere else and sometime else. A footbridge leads over dust, grit and dried mud. A few steps further, at the end of the footbridge, there is a lightly constructed building, not a container, nor a tent - a wooden skeleton covered in grayish canvas. Inside, there is only dim light coming through the entrance and emitting from a lamp at the back of the room. Various things are stored under the bench on the side of the room: several sheets of fabric, two canisters of water, a pile of papers and a few other items. There is a slight breeze - the hum of a ventilation system can be heard and mixes with crackling sounds emanating from a loudspeaker in the far corner of the room.
PHASE #2 NIGHT CAMP: On one evening during the exhibition period, interested people were invited to spend the evening and night in this scenery and set up camp for the night: things were taken out from under the bench, fabrics were spread out on the dusty surface, next to the footbridge. There were boards, knives, glasses, water, root vegetables and bread for the evening meal. The participants were asked to create new identities with the help of character sheets and to roll the dice in order to embody them. Everyone introduced themselves to each other and discussed how they might have ended up in this situation. Together, they tried to disappear from the exhibition into the fictional scenario that it proposed. The participants developed their new identities and their new world through conversations, games and being together. At some point, as they fell asleep, their second identities were discarded alongside their first identities and dreaming bodies lay between patterns in the sand. In the event, we tried to shake the boundaries between the visitors, the exhibition, fiction, reality and dream and open them up to each other. In the future that awaits us, it will probably be important to become someone else. In fiction, games and sleep, we can try to make it work.
Text: Gregor Kieseritzky