Kunst-Pilger-Reise 3 (KPR-3) saw Marinka Limat journeying from Kassel to Athens in 2017: her performance established a physical connection between the twin locations of “Documenta14”. Her focus was the question of the art that arises between these two centres.
Kunst-Pilger-Reise 3 was the longest and most ambitious project that Marinka Limat has undertaken in her artistic career to date. It took 163 days and covered 3000 km across nine countries. The starting point was Kassel, the home of the Documenta art exhibition, while the destination was Athens, the cradle of western culture. Throughout the entire duration of Documenta14, which in 2017 was taking place in two different locations for the first time, Marinka Limat was en route between the two, joining them together with her footsteps. The route led her across Eastern Europe and the Balkans, from one place of artistic interest to another.
Encounters were at the heart of Marinka Limat’s project. They provided the basis, and in such moments the artwork could emerge. This was fleeting, direct, spontaneous and unrepeatable. Being present in the moments of encounter with a wide variety of people was what constitutes Marinka Limat’s performative work. She exposed herself to the strange and unknown, and chose an open and direct setting to do so: the pilgrimage.
Pilgrimage is a well-known format practised in various religions. Marinka Limat transfered it from the religious to the artistic context. Making her way by foot to a “Mecca of Art”, she investigated the attraction that this place exerts. In the institutions that she visited en route, she asked for “blessings” in the name of Art, while the stations on her journey were stamped in the pilgrim’s passport she carried with her.
“ Jede Reise ist eine Messe wert. Eine Kunst-Pilgerreise ist, wie das Wort schon sagt, multiple Messen wert. ”
“ Die Anthropologen lehren uns, dass die Geschichte des Homo erectus mit dem aufrechten Gang beginnt. Ein Gehen erhobenen Hauptes, das sich durch die Aufrichtung den Horizont (…) erweitert. Was könnte es besseres geben, um anderen Menschen zu begegnen? ”
Marinka Limat tells about the magic of encounters on her journey through Europe. 44 everyday, special objects help remembering it. Their anecdotes and thoughts are carried by the author and researcher André Vladimir Heiz as the second voice in the footnotes.
Marinka Limat, André Vladimir Heiz:
L’étincelle – Vers l’art à pied
Funken – zu Fuss zur Kunst
11.5 × 16.5, 316 pages in two volumes:
German and French, thread-stitching.
CHF 34.– / € 34.–