Pantheon Phantasma

Alte Feuerwache
Melchiorstraße 3
50670 Cologne

Artist: Baiba Soma, Camille Brabant, Dorian Renard, Etienne Marc, Felicity Morris, Feyyaz Berber, Gelbrosa, Mattel Dal Lago, Michael Strebel, Orson Oxo Van Beek, Studio Kuhlmann, Studiolow, Sylke van der Heiden, Tobias Bridger

„Et les rites sont dans le temps ce que la demeure est dans l‘espace.”

– Antoine de Saint–Exupéry

If  “rites are in time what our houses are in space” how could the rehabilitation of our living spaces, everyday objects and human interactions shape societal affection and a sense of belonging?  

Saint–Exupéry attributes the ritual with the potential for conveying a feeling of security and defines it further as a symbolic technique of containment. „Rituals transform being in the world into being at home. They make the world a reliable place. Rites are in time what our houses are in space. They make time tangible. Yes, they make it walkable like a house. They arrange time, furnish it.“ (*Byung-Chul Han, 2019)

In uncertain times, people usually conjure history, tradition and cultural heritage. Thus a ritual can also be understood as a reflection on a common identity. The design of a >ritual based habitus< is constantly bound to social influences. They transmit and represent values and orders which carry a community. Often rituals amortize a community without linguistic communication, but through their very own semiotic system. With a view to a society that is growing together more and more, but at the same time individualized, which allows the individual to be isolated from themself and their environment, new forms of community life - new rituals - are needed. As soon as the constitution of space changes, the home must be adequately adapted.

In the ritual framework, things are not consumed or consumed, but needed. Ritual practices ensure that we deal and resonate not only with other people but also with other than human beings. Rituals and ceremonies connect human life with all living dynamics in the biological world as well as with material matters, spirits, space and time.

The exhibition „Pantheon Phantasma Dependance“ examines the foundations and excrescences of rites that are reconstructed and interpreted by both; local and international artists* from various disciplines. The aim is to create a place that - by uniting past, present and future - negotiates various possibilities fo

r (re)connection with an ever-changing world and thus embarks on a search for new ways of life and co-living.

Hannah Kuhlmann

Curators Pantheon Phantasma + Dependance
Donna Donnerberg, Eva Herrmann, Hannah Kuhlmann

Max Pietro Hoffmann, Eloise Harris