Von der Seltsamkeit der Feststoffe (On the Marvels of the Solids)
A short multimedia essay on 'matter mythology' as a one-day intervention in the Sankt Cäcilien interior—a Romanesque church/museum for European medieval art. The installation of texts and the sound essay together approaches a technical term in the medieval philosophies: Hayula—literally meaning 'unformed monster' that tells the histories of non-human material and mythologies of matter-energy flow in different (not always European) cultures of knowledge.
In the medieval Islamic philosophy, Hayula (Persian: هیولا) mythologically refers to a pre-cosmological form of energy—literally meaning unformed monster—from which eventually the universe and persons where created, and systematically provokes a meshwork of meanings that interrelate notions of energy, form, and selfhood in a pre-modern intercultural cosmology. The installation of a performative "writing" in the dense space of the Schnütgen museum parasitically seeks to be a host for Hayula nun-human histories, and tries to look at the concept of Hayula as a device in cross-catalytic relations in matter-energy flows, looking at it as a semi metaphorical and physical non-linear model for structure-generating processes that populated the ancient world.