Here/Hear, ZeiT by Daniela Ehemann and Carron Little, Berlin Performing Arts Festival, June 8, 2018
Daniela Ehemann and Carron Little have been collaborating since 2013. Their first performance was a skype performance between Berlin and Chicago. They have been continuing to evolve their collaborative practice fusing collaborative poetry, performance, sculpture and drawing to create videos. To learn more about our collaborative projects please visit:
Images 1 & 2 Hitchhike to Utopia for Brave New Art World curated by Dfbrl8r, photos by Jamie Gannon, 2014 Images 3 & 4 Cities of a Floating World for Berlin Direct Action Festival at 6018North and at The Institute of Infinite Possibility in Berlin, photos by Jamie Gannon, 2013
Ehemann and Little have been working collaboratively since 2013, producing performance, video, installation, drawing and poetry investigating the relationship between architecture, the environment, place, urban renewal and the concept of home/shelter. In 2019 they created Soul Wings in Jen Jensen‘s garden in Humboldt Park, Chicago. Drawing on bird choreography, spatial relations in to place that had become a temporary site for the expanding homeless population. Jens Jensen originally built the formal style garden as a community garden for those who didn‘t have gardens. In Trump times the garden has become a shelter to a growing homeless population. The performance draws on these ideas of migration and fragility both in terms of the structure of the wings defining spatial relationships and defining transitional boundaries that transform into a temporal shelter. The performance/ video acts as a mirror of place drawing historical and contemporary connections. We built wing-like structures that were used to create a syncopated choreography in the snow. Thinking about movement, liberty and shelter as integral systems of support. The wings of a bird form its shelter as it migrates and traverses through seasons and geographies. The opening of our own wings has the capacity to open the body and extend love into the city. When we open our own wings through movement we can tap into our resources that have the capacity to build resilience so we can live with greater love towards others. The piece becomes a symbol of our integral relationship with nature, and how support, care, and resilience are imperative ecologies for how we collaborate and work with site.
Photos by Doug Fogelson