Spiders are remarkable beings. Humans tend to barely notice them. These 8-legged creatures often wake up our fear, disgust, and fascination, intertwining. But do we really pay attention to their lives? Do we notice them climbing the walls, spinning their webs, dancing, swimming, changing skin, and even growing back lost limbs? How are little spiders born? What’s their favourite food? Why is their blood blue or green? Who was living on Earth earlier, a spider or a dinosaur? Why are spiders a vital part of our ecosystem? How did spiders make it into mythology and legends of so many cultures and civilizations? Do spiders dream?
In this project a group of children accompanied by a team of artists from a variety of expressive media backgrounds (visual arts, movement, aesthetic research) will pay attention to the world of spiders from a human perspective, and then, flipping the roles, will look at the world of humans from a perspective of a spider. The relationship between weaving and storytelling is as old as time. During this project with a help of several threads we will bind together spoken and visual storytelling, movement and stillness, sound and taste, observation and imagination. We will attempt to weave a new story of relationships between humans and spiders.
The project takes place in September and October 2019 in Berlin, Casa Fantasia, NaturkundeMuseum, Studio Tomás Saraceno, parks and streets. Exhibition will be on display at the children museum KinderKünsteZentrum between February and June 2020.
Cover image: Work by Tomás Saraceno at Venice Biennale 2019, photo by Foresta Collective