seeing the light of the world

Images by Daniel Jarosch and Fotostudio West

2020. long leg panties, stockings, padding, lamp. 30 × 30 x 300 cm each

Assuming that all bodies are pulsars, would this not mean that the existence of everybody takes place in a field of rhythmic, pulsating, floating vibration and attraction? All bodies would then be simultaneously attracted bodies, just as they have always been attracted – to other bodies, to material things and to intelligibles. So, it could be said of the bodies that they have always been both attractive and attracted, that they all – each body separately – generate a kind of force field around themselves (or that the bodies are this force field themselves), and these fields in turn overlap each other and produce a complex and dynamic field arrangement. There are fields whose superpositions intensify the attraction between the bodies and others that reduce the attraction. Some even reduce the attraction to such an extent that it no longer makes sense to speak of attraction, but of its opposite. So, there are gradations, graduations of attraction. The fact that the bodies do not collapse under the force of attraction and become identical with each other on a quite material level is prevented by the fact that they are different from each other. There are differences. There are dense, thick, tentacled lines – like in the work of Judith Klemenc: spun from panties – there is space in between, there are clearings, even where the meeting or the spreading of tentacles is particularly dense. That is the way it is.

Elisabeth Schäfer