Marlo and Ena Kosovac
Conduits, props, leftovers and other attempts to reach across irreducible differences in the search for knowledge of an intimate other
24 September to 10 October 2020
In Space R you’ll find several of my attempts so far to draw back the curtain of another’s accountable experience through objects that act as a channel towards more intimate knowledge of his world. The ‘another’ in question is Marlo – a nine-year-old Rottweiler and the love of my life. Through the building and shifting of our relationship over time, which in turn has shifted how objects are made in this practice, I have come to think of Marlo very seriously as a collaborator and co-creator.
I tell you this because it feels strange even writing this little piece of text all on my own, without his input. Which, of course, would be impossible anyway. It has been a knotty problem. How do I avoid putting words into Marlo’s mouth? How do I avoid speaking for him? How do I avoid simply imagining his world, instead of getting to know a slice of it in a real, material way? At the same time, there is a risk of poking my nose into affairs that are not my own to access. I don’t think Marlo would care, but it’s something to ponder.
In putting a toe over the smudgy threshold of our different ways of being as members of two separate species, I hope to take deeper notice of the undefinable in others through co-created social intimacies and the ‘worlding’ of mutual grounds – all mediated through sculptural objects as gadgets of play and exploration.
And, because I’m sure I’m not the only nosy person out there, I invite you to do the same. Please feel free to touch and experience any of the objects in the space (if you want to). There will be sanitising wipes and sprays on-hand to help prevent other, more deadly, critters from joining in.