For the third edition of A Series of Suggestions, Leonie Persyn invited David Weber-Krebs to softly hum to one another, as humming is the closest one might get to the invisible essence of an artistic practice. Their understanding of humming heavily relates to Deleuze's concept of the ritournelle, meaning that the act of humming marks the moments when they leave their own territory and stretch their agency into the practice of the other. They do not aim at meaning immediately, instead their ‘humming is after presence, a presence of being, of a state, of a feeling, and meaning seems to be attached later’ (Suk-Jun Kim, 7), found in the resonance between the individually created stories, drawings and collages. But who or what do they hold the stage for? And is the hum you hear their own or that of a larger world or cosmos?
Throughout the five folders here, David Weber-Krebs and Leonie Persyn describe situations. They zoom in and out on bodies, their behavior, thoughts and environments in order to explore how narratives deviate from phenomenological descriptions. Moreover, they put their most intimate and sensuous artistic practices of drawing and collaging in dialogue with each other and the texts in order to invite you to imagine The Invisible Geographies of Resonance.
A Series of Suggestions explores how suggestions can function as a possible research output. It reveals a collaborative thinking practice between the academic and the artistic realms. It shows how certain dramaturgical practices on the part of an academic researcher can stimulate a re-evaluation of the research process. Suggestions are never clear-cut answers or solutions for a problem; they can function simultaneously as a recap of what has already been done and a forecast of undiscovered paths. They affirm and question at the same time. Suggestions highlight the strength of (past) fragilities and uncertainties, and foster future dialogues and explorations.
Each edition of A Series of Suggestions exhibits a constant dialogue between practice and discourse; between researcher and artist. Each gives insight into a particular collaboration grounding the research project The Sound of a Shared Intimacy (S:PAM – Studies in Performing Art & Media, Ghent University). One edition contains five small, thematically arranged folders. Each folder can be folded open into an artwork.