I Yawn Because You Yawn: Intercorporeal Art as Political Witnessing

A collective experience of seeing, listening, writing and drawing for 80-90 minutes, to create tactile and temporal evidence of senses. The viewer and listener describe and trace deep narratives and archives in order to witness their past(s) as a means to change our futures. Gaining skills to hone in our collective consciousness, the act of individual recognition as presence, being here and now may help us to acknowledge our intercorporeality. ‘I yawn/scream because you yawn/scream’.

Through several acts of recognition of other presences and existence, explaining archives, memories and a-tonal music from a specific year, the year of 1948, we explore the journey to remember and hold on to those histories. Through a global and social-distanced contagious yawn, how might we project that year from a Palestinian perspective onto the German landscape? 

  • Deep narrative of spoken words, a first-hand witness interview with Ulla (b. 1939 Königsaue). Audio | Translation.
  • German media and news, moving images archive from 1948. 
  • Off-key playing piano, intentional or unintentional musical errors, a recording of a live co-performance with Or Zubalsky.

This experience was designed for the Global Social Witnessing Conference.lab, March 2021, and MA degree at the Ubiquity University, Germany. 


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