“You wonder what I am doing?” asked T. E. Lawrence. “Well, so do I, in truth. days seem to dawn, suns to shine, evenings to follow, and then I sleep. What I have done, what I am doing, what I am going to do, puzzle and bewilder me. Have you ever been a leaf and fallen from your tree in autumn and been really puzzled about it? That’s the feeling.” –TEL in a letter to Eric Kensington, 6 May 1935.
As all the pieces in the creative nonfiction series, S P A C E, this piece, S PA. C E | Århus, collects the stories of real people met in real life, on the spot, in autumn 2015 in Denmark. DK edits and connects in the zine a warm collection; these are the introspective and thought-provoking conversations that, even in 2018, we’re still puzzling and mulling over. The depth of thought, the intelligence, the openness to new ways of thinking, and the acceptance of a plurality of co-existing ‘truths’ are what we most were enchanted by in Denmark.
DK: 'Aarhus, 2015, is where we learned about ‘relational art.’ It’s been all relational art, everything, ever since.'
The literary style of travel narrative that is DK’s way of sharing. A walkabout in Denmark’s second-largest city, the delightful Århus, gave us pause to ask big questions about the existing narrative that insists that there is ‘an absolute truth’, and expanded our thinking outside of the programmed ways of looking at things to get way, way out of logic boxes, find out about Heisenberg from people who know. A delightful Julefrokost. A diving into the theories of ‘relational aesthetics’ at one of the tiny, hygge places that made us feel right at home. Asking questions. Meandering. Bumping into the new, and the possible… traveling around in rainbows, jazzy wine-colored conversations, and the importance of ‘the circle’ in the ongoing story of S P A C E. HT AP.