Krasis (Ennoia)

  • Monika Weiss
Conference paper
Part of the Edition Angewandte book series (EDITION)


I lie inside a rectangular container, which resembles a stone tomb. Inside, hundreds of thin sheets of paper move gently under the pressure of my body. My hands hold chunks of graphite. I mark the sheets, cutting through their delicate surfaces as lines appear gradually around my body. The viewers have been asked to remain silent. One hears the paper crackling, shimmering like the waters of a remote river. The radius of my perception is enclosed within the container, yet I perceive from beyond its walls, the walls of koimeterion 3, the walls of flesh.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Monika Weiss
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Washington CollegeChestertownUSA
  2. 2.Planetary Collegium-CAiiAUK

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