Hospital(y)tis (Ingrids Web_Hospital)

3 different attempts of working as a collective in pandemic times, beside sitting on the grass in front of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin:

8/20 Install 1 (BHROX bauhaus reuse, Berlin)
Schwellkörper*innen und nicht einhegbare Selfies (Ingrids Web_Hospital install 1). Music/drawings/lecture über “Selbst / Portrait / Selfies - DFS (Sofia Lomba, WM, Sara Pereira)

9/20 Install 2 (District, Berlin)
Continuous Rehearsal (Public) / (Ingrids Web_Hospital install 2) - DFS (CGB, Sofia Lomba, WM, Sara Pereira)

10/20 Install 3 (Artists and Allies)
Touching without Touching (Ingrids Web_Hospital install 3) - DFS (CGB, Alisa Margolis, WM)

An injured collective researches infrastructures of care in pandemic times. At its center is the fictitious member of the collective, INGRID. The body of the collective, scattered in the imaginary and in space, cannot be complete at the moment.

INGRID is part fictional figure, part real group member, tragedy, comedy and pathos overlap in her. As in the individual layers of a painting, she is multifaceted and unrhymed. This hospital is a live nude drawing class. It forms a metaphorical space in which the injured body of our collective can be put to the test and put to the test under care.

"Politics are a book of fiction in which the book is our own body" (Preciado).

In the institutional hospital, patients are separated from each other in order to prevent infection. A similar isolation is currently being demonstrated by windows in video chat and web screens.

We do not confront this crisis of care and the commons with autonomy or independence, but with dependence on each other and the audience, the search for healing closeness.

What is the connection between model and draughtsman, is established in the format of nude drawing. We attribute the fictional elements that distinguish the person from the drawing on the paper when viewed from the perspective of the artist, to INGRID. As a fictitious member of our collective, she lives in these very spaces.

INGRID is one of the figures populating the space that DFS creates. In part she relates to the deceased B-movie actress Ingrid Rabel (Maria Teresa Gómez Gutierrez, 1945 – 2002),
in part to the figures and fictions Ingrid Rabel performed, in part to the fictitious extensions we keep adding to all of that.

For DFS, INGRID is an exemplary character, an exemplary figure, an exemplary life. Born after the defeat in the Spanish Civil War, under the dictatorship of Franco, having some loose relationship to Germany, assuming a German stage name, dying of cancer at the beginning of the 21st century. Addicted to slot-machines, an alcoholic, unsuccessful. Like all of us. The artist Celine Condorelli gives Ingrid her voice, the artist Sofia Lomba makes her come alive for the camera. Ingrid is herself a density, layered, as if in a Max Beckmann painting -- of tragedy, comedy and pathos, multifaceted, lumping incongruities together. Inconsistent. And through her DFS sets to build spaces, for different bodies and narrations to live and exist together, to partake in a dialogue among and alongside each other, to understand this world and imagine another one fully outside of it. Some are dead, some absent, some fictitious and some living ones in love, connected by a silken string, inside an unknown body, inviting poetic desire, warm and soft, always dissolving, never locked, insisting to dust-bathe. Small miracles, performed one by one. De-formance, connecting fragments, never durable, glamorously insisting. Every story is worth being told and retold, crucial, necessary, beautiful, inspiring, magic, diamantic.

A Draft for Ingrids Web_Hospital (Install 0).
A Draft for Ingrids Web_Hospital (Install 0).
Install 3 (Artists and Allies, Berlin)
Photo: Sara Pereira
Install 3 (Artists and Allies, Berlin)
Photo: Joana Krawczyk
Install 3 (Artists and Allies, Berlin)
Photo: Joana Krawczyk
Install 3 (Artists and Allies, Berlin)
Photo: Sara Pereira
Install 3 (Artists and Allies, Berlin)
Photo: Joana Krawczyk
Install 3 (Artists and Allies, Berlin)
Photo: Joana Krawczyk
Install 3 (Artists and Allies, Berlin)
Photo: Joana Krawczyk
Install 3 (Artists and Allies, Berlin)
Photo: Joana Krawczyk
Install 3 (Artists and Allies, Berlin)
Photo: Joana Krawczyk
Video fragments from 3h online stream. Install 3 (Artists and Allies, Berlin).
Video fragments from 3h online stream. Install 3 (Artists and Allies, Berlin).
Install 2 (district, Berlin)
Install 2 (district, Berlin)
Photo: Andrea Keppler
Install 2 (district, Berlin)
Photo: Andrea Keppler
Install 2 (district, Berlin)
Photo: Andrea Keppler
Install 2 (district, Berlin)
Install 1 (BHROX bauhaus reuse, Berlin)
Install 1 (BHROX bauhaus reuse, Berlin)
Install 1 (BHROX bauhaus reuse, Berlin)
Install 1 (BHROX bauhaus reuse, Berlin)
Install 1 (BHROX bauhaus reuse, Berlin)
Photo: Gregory Cabioch
Install 1 (BHROX bauhaus reuse, Berlin)
Photo: Gregory Cabioch