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Para Sites (2021)

Research, object design & performance

With Marvin Flores Unger as HP Blume
Released at CURRENT Festival Stuttgart with Neckarinsel Stuttgart / Agency Apéro

For Para Sites, we researched and processed the complex implications of industry-focused interventions on the wild river Neckar. Wondering about ways to make the urban area around the river more livable for both human and non-human beings, we propose a fundamentally altered self-image of the Neckar-people as toxic beneficiaries (parasites) of the river.

The common neglect of the sensitive endemic organisms of the river  is illustrated by highlighting the motif of the Steinkrebs.
This species of crayfish has been living its quiet life around the banks of the Neckar for hundreds of thousands of years, relying on natural, stony banks and pure, cool water to survive.
It is therefore severely threatened by the thoughtless canalization, chemical pollution and warming of the river caused by humans.
Shifting people away from an unconsciously violent relationship with this precious body of water and its complex ecosystems towards a more sensitive attitude facing its potential livelihood is the focus of the project.

The low-cost amphibious platform offers the opportunity to regain a direct, multi-sensoric relationship with the traumatized river from a close distance, thereby encouraging a way of recognizing it beyond the notion of the Nutzgewässer.

Photos: Alexander Schultz, Nikolina Popovic, Felix Plachtzik
Performance support: Johanna Schneider
Audio soundscape: Florian Post

Generously supported by Klingele Papierwerke & Werbetechnik Fleps