Site-specific installation
Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
2021

Archival Prints on paper
Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
2021

06.03 – 21.03.202

In collaboration with Dakis Panayiotou

In landscape architecture, “Desire Lines” are the imprints of illicit paths that emerge when predetermined patterns of movement are not adhered to and spaces are accessed contrary to their planning. Planned lines start from conventional navigation methods that become inscribed in everyday life over time through repetitions of norms and rituals. To deviate from these lines is to become disoriented.

With Post Impalpable Rites, Theo & Daki celebrate a divorce from the virtual reality that populates our private and public spaces. Visitors currently experience and develop “Desire Lines” mainly digitally, with body extensions such as their smartphones. In the window front of Künstlerhaus Bethanien, the artists transform an architecture that was once constructed virtually but is now brought into the exhibition space in real terms. The structure represents the already built part of a building, a future space and at the same time the outline of a ruin from the past.

In front of the window of the Künstlerhaus, which as a liminal membrane marks the new borders created by the pandemic, visitors are invited to contextualise their choereographies, and to allow being lost, even to vorcate, to walk “Desire Lines”. Technology is a dominant factor in the commodification of sexuality and intimacy and the privatisation of desire, and at the same time has the potential to reconnect bodies, rituals and spaces and create liminal states.

In response to the invitation of the Cypriot Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021, Theo & Daki developed a site-specific virtual structure that is here partially brought into the physical space at Künstlerhaus Bethanien. The Biennale is entitled “How will we live together?” As one possible perspective, the artists engage in intentional mutations, new paths until the state of disorientation and being lost can become a state of meditation.

curated by Carola Uehlken