A Word Is A Broken Sign, Stadhausgalerie Münster

Live performance during the opening of Time To Recollect in the Kunsthalle Münster at the Stadhausgalerie.

A body is a temporal unity.

Any member separated from it, still points towards it.

As part of a whole is a means to refer to that whole. 

A collection of bodies can unite, as members in a society.

If a member cut off from a society still refers to that society, then the society is not just.

One member of a society should never suffice as the articulation of the whole. 

And thus, a just society is not to be regarded as a body, but should be formed from body parts only.

The body parts should be so randomly scattered about that they cannot be traced back to any specific body, or any original hierarchy.

They shall form temporal bodies instead. 

A just society is one based upon such temporal unities. 

Language is the system of temporal unity.

As a whole,language is not unified.

There can be no right order of characters, words and sentences.

And therefore all unities created with it, can only be temporal. 

The parts with which to create such temporal unities change at different speeds:

Characters evolve, words change conservatively, sentences change like revolutions.

The slower the pace of change, the more random the part.

And as such, language is never able to conclude itself.

As language, a just society does not depend on any one permanent unity.

And so the citizens of a just society should not be able to form a static field of signs.

On the contrary: 

A just society shows itself in the temporality of the sentences uttered within it.

And so when language has become nothing but a static field of signs, it must be broken.

A word is a broken sign.

To conclude:

To get a clear understanding of the form of a just society, one is to get a clear view of the form of language.

This form of language is not what comes out of any one mouth, nor anything coming from any majority.

What then is this form of language?

To see the form of language, one must speak in tongues.

An Autosociographic transcript of the performance.

The Air Loom & Das Gewebe – Künstlerhäuser Worpswede / Stadhausgalerie Münster

The Gewebe and the idea of the Air Loom was developed during CIVIC VIRTUE’s residency at Künstlerhäuser Worpswede and exhibited at ‘IMMERGO IDENTIDUM / Time To Recollect’ at the Stadhausgalerie in Münster.

The Air Loom was used to influence minds, by weaving time into space. A spatial form of time made it possible for an idea to occupy different points in space at one single moment in time. By spinning time into currents of air and various gasses and weaving it into Air Tapestry, the Air Loom was able to change time from progression into movement and depth.

“The Air Loom is operated by a gang of undercover Jacobin revolutionaries, who want to force Britain into a disastrous war with Revolutionary France and are bent on maintaining hostilities between the two nations.” (1)

Weaving the “Gewebe”.

However, it is one thing to change the design of a state, it is quite another to change one state into something radically different.

“We do not want to move from problem to solution as if they were both present in the same space at once, but instead we seek ways to move from the current space into one we will inhabit at a later point in time.” (2)


“We do not seek for answers within, but envision the problem outside, that is, the problem is structural. There are two structures: The first structure is the one in which the question arose, the second structure is the one in which the question will be- come irrelevant.” (3)

A Word Is A Broken Sign, performance at the Stadhausgalerie.
The Air Loom, video installation at the Stadhausgalerie.

While the Air Loom was able to exhibit time spatially, this form of time was necessarily always already structured, and could as such never account for the possibility of change. If not progression but movement and depth, what then makes it ever possible for a state to radically alter into something yet unknown?

Design for the Gewebe.

A reversal of the actual weaving process of the Air Loom was believed to open a gateway back to the progression of time. In order to leave the fabric of movement and depth which formed reality, a state of chaos was induced. This signified the return to the Air Loom Cloud, a state, it was believed, in which no specific designs or hierarchies yet existed. The intellectual diaspora thus induced constituted a recurrent purification ritual, necessary for any state laid out solely in a fabric of movement and depth. Consequently, the Air Loom not only functioned as a device for mind control, in reverse it could wash the brain.

The Gewebe at the Stadhausgalerie.

More about THe Gewebe here: https://gewebe.tumblr.com
More about the exhibition here: https://timetorecollect.tumblr.com/.

(1) source: http://mikejay.net/articles/james-tilly-mat– thews-and-the-air-loom/
(2) source: A fabrication.
(3) source: A fabrication.