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Talk, Substitutes

Tomorrow’s Language

A dialogue between Louwrien Wijers, her friend and colleague Rory Pilgrim and exhibition initiator Philipp Gufler.

First they will discuss Louwrien’s metal sculptures and invite the audience to listen to the sound of her brass music box titled ‘She and She’ (1977). Then time will be given to think in silence. How do we sculpt ourselves into the future? What is the relationship between the material and the immaterial? Egon Hanfstingl, chef and long-term collaborator of Louwrien, will then hand out yogurt curd with saffron and honey. Egon asks you to delve into what food does for your brain, for your health and for your life? ‘Food is the Future’ is his slogan, food determines tomorrow for you. Louwrien, Rory and Philipp will discuss the meaning of nutrition too and then move on to the meaning of intergenerational friendships between artists, the importance of learning from each other, especially by talking and finding the words together that are important for the future: Tomorrow’s Language, the words that help us make tomorrow. As the mediator, Rory will articulate what is happening and provide context to the discussion.

The dialogue will be in English.

Louwrien Wijers, born January 26 1941. Afraid of being indoctrinated, Louwrien avoided going to art school and instead wrote about art from 14 years of age and visited as many artists as possible in their studios. She started to make art in 1970. 40 woorden (1970-1971) is featured in the permanent Stedelijk Museum show. She continues to make, think, and write about art and artists today.

Rory Pilgrim works in a wide range of media including songwriting, composing music, film, music video, text, drawing and live performances. Centred on emancipatory concerns, Pilgrim aims to challenge the nature of how we come together, speak, listen and strive for social change through sharing and voicing personal experience. Strongly influenced by the origins of activist, feminist and socially engaged art, Pilgrim works with others through different methods of dialogue, collaboration and workshops. 

Philipp Gufler spans various media in his practice, including silkscreen prints on fabric and mirrors, artist books, performances, and video installations. Since 2013 he has been an active member of the archive Forum Queeres Archiv München.

Photography by Elodie Vreeburg.

Visual identity by Jacob Hoving.