In the pause of a gesture there might be an echo

Activities | Yane Calovski and Hristina Ivanoska | Online Symposium In the pause of a gesture there might be an echo organised by Suns & Stars, Amsterdam |  European project Collective Domain of Cultural Memory (CDCM) | 1-3 May, 2020

The three-day symposium which was due to take place from May 1 to May 3, 2020, would have examined artistic affiliations with heritage in a European context through a lively exchange of all kinds of understandings, perceptions, and experiences. The main feature of our symposium was to be interconnection and cooperation: “to allow for various practices from the cultural domain to touch each other and to move from their own fields of interests.”

Jeroen Boomgaard and Yane Calovski started a conversation

The conversation below is an exchange between two people who until recently were not aware of each other’s practices. Both Jeroen Boomgaard and Yane Calovski were invited to contribute to the symposium. Knowing their work and domains of interest we thought that an animating discussion could occur. So we asked them if they would be willing to try to start a dialogue. During our Skype talk, Jeroen said: “Let’s try and see how far we can get for now.” The phrasing of Jeroen and Yane's email exchange is preserved in order to maintain the immediate texture of an improvised email exchange.

Hristina Ivanoska and Luisa Margan: Moving in Still Time: A Series of Consecutive Exercises

 We first got to know each other during our two week-research residency in Amsterdam in March 2020, where we spent time sharing a living and working space. Our stay was interrupted by the spread of Covid-19 virus, making it impossible to conclude our planned research and having to abruptly leave the residency and return to our homes.

For fourteen days, a standard self-isolation period under this pandemic emergency regulations, we committed to communicating daily in the spirit of intimacy and exchange exemplified by the sixteenth-century Dutch writers Catharina Questiers and Cornelia van der Veer, whose work and relationship we started researching during our stay in Amsterdam.

By testing the importance of camaraderie and friendship in a time of emergency we exchanged emails, forming a kind of a diary of personal messages written as poems or prose accompanied by short videos. The responses are spontaneous gestures stimulated by the need to overcome self-isolation and create stronger bonds.