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Pain that is real

2023 | GE

Interview with Frederike Maas, literature researcher, ETH, Zurich

F: And then you took it from him - that's how the novel came about?

 

A: I sat in bed and tried to watch an 8mm Annie Ernaux film, but I couldn't. I was so in love, I could only think about the person I was in love with. I was so in love, all I could do was think about the person I was in love with. It was very difficult for me to do my job, make plans, have ideas, watch movies; opening my laptop was unimaginable. Soppy love songs on endless loop sometimes went. I was so in love that I realized the justification of the road rules. I was far enough addicted to idiocy to run into cars. My concentration span was barely enough to remember the meaning of "red" correctly. In bed, I was safe. 

The only thing that went was writing. Probably because I wanted to write to him all the time. Walking around aimlessly, grinning beatifically at strangers, and writing. Then I took a red notebook my aunt had given me and started. I thought: Until I see this person next time, I will write this love novel about us.

 

F: So you handwrote the book first. How many editing steps are there between this first, handwritten version (...)

Vagus - a recipe for a garden salad

2023 | EN

Zvona i nari Residency for Writers

Ližnjan  | ​Croatia

If one leaves through the kitchen door in the back of the house, one can see a rosemary bush covering the ground next to the tiles. The pointed leaves of the oleander shrub, which framed already the highway between Ljubljana and Rijeka. The sun is pushing strongly against the wall which is pushing the heat back; it creates a solid thick unease. Makes it difficult for us in the beginning to use the space especially in the morning. We say to each other, the front side of the house, that’s where locals spend the mornings with coffee and some bread with honey. The backside is for the evening, a cigarette, a cold beer, borek and fish. A couple of days we except it and keep the rule.

 

The grass is brown and dry and sunburned. So are the spiked Oleander leaves, red earth after the rain, tribes of ants. Clover leaves. Robinia, the queen of the trees. Old looking oak leaves of young trunks. My mother would name me all, her excitement which would make her pointing from leave to plant to blossom to flower to tree. It would ring a bell. So often I have heard her poems. Sometimes she would bend over asking full of caution for names and families and use and growth. Field bindweed it is echoing in my head when the blossom is long withered. I pick it out of my plate.

 

There is the sound of summer, of lunch time plates, of garden fence conversations, of a wooded drilled construction, of leaves, of wings.

Me after two anal orgasms

GE, 2023

Roman

Verlag Edition 502 Berlin

ISBN 978-3-9825541-9-1

Life on its own

AT, 2023

Press Release

For: Klassenausstellung Julian Göthe

In: Galerie Schwaz

Rough Rider

AT, 2023

Press Release

For: Christian Mühlbauer

In: Bildraum, Wien

Global Arts.

CH, 2022

Press Release

For: Luca Büchler

In: Elephant, Luzern

Diametrale Geschenke. Lena Goldsteiners künstlerische Praxis

AT, 2021

Press Release

For: Lena Goldsteiner

UNDER RED SUN

SVN, 2021

Press Release

For: Gasper Kunšič 

In: SKUC Gallery, SVN

ECHO. PLAY IN A MARQUETTE

NL, 2021

Press Release

For: Anne Schmidt and Linda Stauffer

In: Sign Project Space, Gronningen, NL

THE POTENTIAL REPRODUCTIVITY OF THE PHOTOGRAPH

NL, 2021

Spoken Word Audio

For: Echo Performance and Film

By: Anne Schmidt and Linda Stauffer

In: Sign Project Space, Groningen, NL

THE AMBIENT PIG IS TOUNGE KISSING THE DJ,

AT, 2019

Press Release

For: Juliana Lindenhofer         

In:  Aquarium

Akademie der bildenden Künste, Wien, AT

THINKING ABOUT HOSTS,

AT, 2019

Spoken Word Performance

For: Anne Schmidt

In: Magic and the Conceptual

Summer academy, Salzburg, AT

IM AUTO

GER/ 2019

Publiziert in Arts of the Working Class 04/2019

Berlin

by Paul Sochacki

RUTH WIESS die grüne Spuren in zahlreichen Betten hinterlässt

Performative Lesung

GER/CH 2019

mit Corina Heinrich

Glap Verlag

DIESES LEVEL WILL ICH HALTEN SOLANG ES GEHT

AT / 2018

Spoken Word Performance 

Publiziert in Wiener Löhne 01/2019 von Chanti Kaufmann und Ben Rosenthal

WARUM SOLLEN ALLE MEINE HANDLUNGEN GUT SEIN?

AT/2018

Interview

In: Retrospektive by Samuel Bich

with Onur Akyol, Jette Büchsenschütz, June Drevet, Carl Oscar Jonsson, Barbara Juch, Konrad Kreal, Leonie Licht, Ben Rosenthal, Arnaud Wohlhauser.

At: Bistro 21, Leipzig, GER

IN DER BÄKEREI ISST WEIß DEN TOD

AT / 2016

Publiziert in Krise und Form, Seminar Buch

by Helmut Draxler 2016

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