RESIDENCE | Saint-Gilles

“outside and inside at the same time“ 15.7. – 17.8.2023

From 03/07/2023 to 20/08/2023

Hello ODRADEK collective,

My work for the project ODRADEK is conceived in such a way that the entire process of creating the work is public. Based on John Cage‘s idea for the composition „Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano“, that the pianist, when playing the piano, should not have the feeling of playing the piano, my idea is not to draw, but to follow the suggestions that the „space“ gives.
With the term space, I understand not only the architectural space or the space around the architectural space, but the space of possibility. The architectural space is transformed into a drawing medium that transcends its own limitations and allows me, the one who is in it, the draughtswoman, to explore my procedures: that one grows out of the other, that the time curve bends and the drawing anticipates or recalls. The work is kept in process until the end. In this immediate, processual approach, there is a stronger focus on experimentation than before.
A possible setting
The walls and floor are lined with paper. I leave out the ceiling and the windows. There are hooks on the walls and ceiling. There I attach ropes to which things are fastened that will leave traces in the room with my help. Triggered by my movements in the space, a drawing is created. I will continue to develop the work in a processual / performative way. Visitors can follow the process. At intervals there will be an exchange between the artist and visitors.


Transfer and resonance

Upon her arrival in residence at the beginning of July, Katja Pudor, immediately occupied her territory by covering the walls with sheets of paper more than three meters high. The first exhibition room facing the street was thus wrapped from the walls to the floor included.

In the whiteness of the paper and the space that has become receptacle, the artist places herself in position to trigger the action of drawing-writing while playing her instruments, brushes-prostheses extending her body.

The body is an integral part of the arranged space, integrated in order to function as a sounding board. Katja Pudor, like the musician, plays with her instruments, composes a writing-signs that extends into the space by a particular presence to herself. The artist, transformed into a dancer, displays on the paper a written-danced account of the movements dictated to her by her inner sound. The writing then spreads, expands, amplifies in the inscribed space that become vibrant.

These signs that radiate through their presence and transfer their energy allow a rebound to the other side of writing, that of music, of choreography, of stage arts or other multiple possibilities. This actualization and materialization can then serve as a reading grid and be interpreted by choreographers and musicians.

Everything happens as if in the wake of the body that gives itself and reflects upon itself, the graphic arrangement of the walls from the inside opened to the outside. Katja Pudor aims to overcome our most tenacious separations, namely: writing-vs-signs, writing-vs-dance-vs-music.

Katja Pudor is a body that is prolonged, that folds and unfolds from the inside to the outside to the rhythm of standing up and lying down.