2019 Installation, quilt made of velvet, 210×270 cm, weathered branch, sound
“[…] life is a product of putrefaction, and it depends on both death and the dungheap”
Georges Batailles, Death, Bataille Reader
We had just started working on this piece, when Karl died; finally the work has become a homage to him. A couple of years ago we made a series of photos of his morning manifestations, which he used to present to us with great emphasis. The constellations that are reflected in them and the various substances that they are made up of had long fascinated us. Some looked like complicated signs or symbols – perhaps a Shaman could read the future in them? Others resembled far-off landscapes covered in mist from a bird’s-eye perspective. We had the impression that Karl also took these apparitions seriously, deemed them important, and wanted us to look at them. Being able to digest well is important, especially for an older being, since it is a question of the ecology of one’s own body. We cropped the individual objects photographically and laid them on a green background – the colour assigned to love in medieval thinking. Then we had them printed on velvet, one of the most precious fabrics of that period and put them together to a magnificent quilt.