A topological research in public space
To Mend is a topological research in public space over several months, in which the Berlin-based dance artist Mor Demer relates personal and at the same time existential questions of situatedness to topological traces and memories that were left behind at various sites throughout the city of Berlin. The research will identify twelve sites in the cityscape which, as the the artist speculates, have remained strangely absent, are incorporating a social, human, and cosmological rift whose story inevitably led to discontinuity in these extensive tissues – and which transcends comprehension. To Mend will delve into the historical, sociological and spatial constellations of these places, holes and ruptures through offering participatory and transformative actions involving human and non-human. We will gather at each of these places to activate, fill, awaken, illuminate and restore harmony and energy flow in these holes – and thus bring them into the present. Mor considers the ecosystem of the city as a body that mirrors the ecosystem of her own body. The research is initiated and driven by both bodies, intending to merge them into a cycle of mutual healing. To Mend designed as a long-term research project which will also form the basis for a stage piece. Each location and action will be announced regularly from June 2021 onwards.
Concept & research: Mor Demer
Collaborator and mentor: Gadi Demer
Research aides: Sarah Müller, Sigal Zouk, Franziska Dieterich and teaque owen.
Research production by Mor Demer, funded by the NEUSTART KULTUR program DIS-TANZEN and Senate Department for Culture and Europe. With a friendly support of DOCK ART (DE) and ICI-CCN Montpellier (FR).
Thanks to Jette Büchsenschütz, Michiel Keuper, Ayako Toyama, Igor Dobricic and to all the participants.