warming one another

miteinander warm werden

[German for warming one another, fig. to become friendly with each other]

two strangers


centred on the pavement

cheek to cheek

in silence, for a while

Between the end of October and early December 2019, katharinajej approaches people previously unknown to her, in order to warm one another on the streets of Cologne. Together with her unkown counterpart, she will take a physically close stance. In silence, they will freeze and pause to warm each other in this position for a while. Morphing into living sculpture among the city's everyday-life, becoming a symbol of kindness and, ultimately, familiarity between strangers.

Amidst the ever-anonymous hustle and bustle of the city, katharinajej conjures physical contact with strangers. Roaming the streets, randomly stepping up to people until she encounters someone who is also willing to return warmth to her, for instance cheek upon cheek in an invite to remain and share the moment in the middle of the pavement. The intense sensation of closeness in persisting touch soon transforms the unknown into familiarity and enables an experience of feeling fundamentally human. This encounter takes place right before other pedestrians' eyes. A sign that is placed next to the scene informs them about what is happening.

Time and place of the performance // subject to short-notice changes depending on weather conditions

24.10.19 // 12 - 14 Uhr  Venloerstraße / Gürtel / Innere Kanal // Ehrenfeld

25.10.19 // 13 - 15 Uhr  HBF / Eigelstein / Ebertplatz / Neusserstraße // Agnesviertel

31.10.19 // 15 - 17 Uhr  Mülheimer Freiheit / Wiener Platz / Frankfurter Straße // Mülheim

08.11.19 // 14 - 16 Uhr  Florastraße / Lohsestraße // Nippes

14.11.19 // 11 - 13 Uhr  Kalk Post / Kalk Kapelle // Kalk

15.11.19 // 14 -16 Uhr  Friesenplatz / Rudolfplatz / Ehrenstraße  // Ringe

03.12.19 // 12 -14 Uhr  Severinstraße / Chlodwigplatz / Bonnerstraße // Südstadt

05.12.19 // 12 -14 Uhr  Deutzer Freiheit // Deutz

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First impressions at Neusser Straße and Venloerstraße in Köln  // Fotografie: Almut Elhardt