an e-mail project by Karin Sander
Betreff: telling a work of art
Datum: Fri, 21 Dec 2018 10:45:00
Von: Karin Sander
An: Members of Akademie der Künste, Berlin
Dear friends and colleagues,
I would very much like to invite you to participate—by describing a work of art of your choice—in the lab and exhibition project Wo kommen wir hin [Where we are heading to] that I shall be realising with Manos Tsangaris and Kathrin Röggla in the Berlin Akademie der Künste from March to June of 2019.
My request to you for this exhibition I am staging is to describe or narrate a work of art that you once came across and that has, or had, a special significance for you and your work: it could be a painting, a building, a piece of music, or a play—in short, a creation that especially moved or impressed you. Your narrative or description will be presented to the public.
In conversation we often refer to works that we have seen, heard, or read. Since such works of art cannot always be known to all concerned, we begin to narrate them to each other, thus translating what we have experienced into language, whereby the common denominator is always the same: we are Telling a Work of Art.
For my part of the project Wo kommen wir hin, starting in March 2019 I would like to present a collection of descriptions and narratives of works from all disciplines, brought together by our colleagues representing all artistic sectors. It will be a public exhibition of uniquely selected narrated or described works, about which we will continue to talk in the future and which despite being physically absent will yet be present.
I would be delighted to be able to present a contribution—which may be very short or many pages long—from you in this exhibition. I also plan to bring all contributions together in a single publication. You can write in English, German or French—translations of some individual contributions are possible on consultation. It would be wonderful if you could send me your contribution between now and the beginning of May at the latest—to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post: Karin Sander, Lehrter Strasse 57, 10557 Berlin, Germany.
Many thanks for your participation, and I wish you a happy holiday season and all the very best for 2019.
With warm regards,