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centred on the pavement
cheek to cheek
in silence, for a while
At the beginning of wintertime, 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 takes a physically close stance. In silence, they 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 Cologne city quarters Ehrenfeld, Deutz, Südstadt, Eigelstein, Mülheim, Innenstadt, Nippes or Kalk, 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.
In February 2020 images of the Performance are bill-sticked in Cologne`s public space. Like that the moments of encounter return to the city.
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