In May 1961 Alberto Moravia invited Claudia Cardinale for an interview. To her surprise, Moravia proposes to question her as an object in the room. The interview is divided in two parts. In the first part Moravia tries to record how Cardinale appears in the room, in the second part how she disappears—into sleep.
In bright daylight the objects distinguish themselves from you without any effort at all: the headphones on the couch with the cord in an elegant curl on the floor; the scissors on the desk, not closed but in the shape of an x; the chair that has not been drawn up; the black-and-white postcard stuck on the wall with Blu Tack; the glass of water without water on the small metal table mobiltechnica torino close to the bed; the shoes side by side close to the leg of the table. At night however, when you are asleep, the boundaries become fluid. Differentiation turns into mutual sympathy. The objects are approaching us. We are approaching the objects. No, our bodies are approaching the objects.
The exhibition “Was machen Sie um zwei? Ich schlafe“ takes place exactly halfway through the 40th anniversary year of the GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst. It is thus at the same time a pause in the exhibition history of our institution and a reflection on current institutional exhibition practices.
What do you do at two?
I wake up.
In an exhibition at the edge of sleep gerlach en koop display works by other artists.
Fri 18.09.20, 7 p.m.
Senator of Culture of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, Waldemar Koch Stiftung, Bremen, Embassy of the Netherlands, Stroom The Hague