Days A Week 2004 : Belonging & Beyond Anglican Cathedral,
and releasing numerous stories, experiences, and memories are woven
into the fabric of worn coats that have been loyal servants to their
wearers for several years. The wearers often associate things with
these items of clothing that go far beyond their day-to-day use. Even
when these coats are beyond repair, they are often kept for a long
Detail of the coat
Take a moment with the coats: Who wore them? Where do they come from? What things have they experienced? Where have they been? Where are their owners now?
Discover the stories that accompany these coats: brief notes and lengthy declarations of love. Some are happy, others sad; some exciting, others romantic. The coats tell stories of links and relationships around the world: from the button that was bought in New York to the jacket that travelled all the way to Saudi Arabia. All of these stories are now linked to one another in “Belonging & Beyond”.
Cologne and Liverpool have been sister cities since 1952 and in 1999 five artists from Cologne held an exhibition in Liverpool. During their time in the city they actively sought artists for a collaborative project for the future. Moos-Brochhagen and Holland identified similarities within their practices and over the course of the following two years they visited in each other’s homes, studios and cities, and developed their proposals for the exhibition ‘Made In Köln – Found In Liverpool’. (click for more) Three works were made, each artist made a work independently and one work was made together. The titles for these were “The Same Only Different”. The exhibition was held 2002 at The Old City Hall, Cologne and View Two Gallery, Liverpool. after completing ‘Made In Köln – Found In Liverpool’, Holland and Moos-Brochhagen wished to continue their collaborative partnership.
discussions identified interests around the theme of ‘aspiration’
both for the work and with regard to everyday living. They recognised
the need (and the joy) in being connected to the routines of daily
life, whilst at the same time searching for some ‘other’
meaning to existence. In some terms this ‘other’ life
could be recognised by people as a spiritual search; the need to find
answers to the big questions – who am I? What is life about?
What happens when life ends? Being involved in the creative arts allows
exploration of these questions and this is the area Moos-Brochhagen
and Holland wish to explore through the project ‘Belonging And
These audiences will be invited to contribute an old/unwanted item of clothing – specifically a coat, as the coat is a silhouette and shape that identifies an individual, the architecture of the body. Together with the coat, each person will be asked to record their thoughts and reflections upon the two issues stated above, or alternatively to reflect on their relationship with the Cathedral or Church.
Two sculptures will be made. The forms will reflect their associative meanings. Each structure will be covered with the contributed coats (the mark of individual identity) and the stories will be placed on the interior, inside the pockets.
The scale of the works will allow the audience to enter the sculptures, interacting with the work, reading or listening to the stories once inside. The research and collaborative element of the project will generate information that at this stage cannot be predicted. The contributions of the collaborators and the information they provide are of paramount importance and it is, therefore, vital to maintain an amount of flexibility regarding the works final resolution. Finally, the concept of “Belonging and Beyond” will become embodied in the work as each contributor will ‘belong’ to the work, as they give their input to it; as indeed the work will ‘belong’ to each contributor and become more than the sum of its parts.
The concept will be fully realised if it creates a forum for the participating Cathedrals and Churches to begin, or sustain, a dialogue that carries beyond the differences within communities belonging to contemporary ecumenical society.
Translation: Sybina Richter