sebastian blasius: absent wolves
In cooperation with Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Stiftung Zollverein, Folkwang University of the Arts Essen/Bochum
A project in the framework of beuys2021
7 August 2021, 5 – 10 pm
8 August 2021, 2 – 7 p.m.
“Something happens to a landscape where wolves live. Their invisible presence is like a quiet melody that changes the mood.” Petra Ahne, 2017
Voices from the urban society of Düsseldorf and Essen meet nomadic practices meet instructions on how to hunt wolves. We have become accustomed to absent wolves as a result of their deliberate extermination: as humans settled down, the wolf was declared our competitor. Cut off from its natural hunting grounds, it invaded the man-made order, helped itself to the livestock. Who, on the other hand, could we be if we had developed a different, non-dominant relationship to our environment in which the wolf could also coexist?
The performance project experiments with new forms of the collective and nomadic and includes the voices of citizens of Düsseldorf and Essen: What alternative ways of being in the world are imaginable for them? What is life like without wolves?
The project is designed as an installation; spectators are free to choose when they come and go. Proof of a coronatest is not required. The obligation to wear a mask (FFP2 or medical mask) and the rules on traceability and distance and hygiene apply.
Concept/Direction: Sebastian Blasius
Performers/participants: Calvin-Noel Auer, Nadja Bruder, Fabian Hagen, Annelie Korn, Leon Rüttinger, Pujan Sadri, Clara Schwinning, Rosalia Warnke (final year “Acting” of the Folkwang University of the Arts Essen/Bochum)
Interior design: Ralf Ziervogel