A female Don Quixote on a chivalric quest of Don Quixotism
in the windmills of a Corpus website.
A few months ago
I received a mail informing me that the corpus team wish to offer me a 2 months
residency on the corpus website.
A residency in a
virtual space? sounded a bit awkward to me …
What can an
English-speaking, Austria-based, Polish artist with a very poor knowledge of
German do with such an offer?
I accepted it
Corpus as a
space to work. A virtual space for doing research. A virtual research on a
German Corpus. A researcher in a labyrinth of a website. A resident in an
expanding space. Short of time, ambitious researcher in a vast world of a
I decided to use
Corpus' residency for a new research. It is a challenge and opportunity at the
same time. It allows me to investigate a topic I am currently interested in but
as well it shrinks my resources 'only' to a very specific one: an internet
magazine for dance, choreography and performance. What is more, it raises the
question of the visibility and the performativity of my process. I thought
about finding an access to my research for the website users and to offer a
possibility to follow my journey around the magazine.
A quest of
discovering chivalry. A chivalric quest of becoming Don Quixote. Don Quixote on
a quest to become a knight. A female Don Quixote on a quest of Don Quixotism.
An indomitable woman on an intractable quest. A she-valric woman looking for a
I created an
emblem, which for the next 2 months will appear around the Corpus site. It will
mark texts, pages, names that I find important in my research upon chivalry.
Each time a short explanation will appear under my name in a residency room
(shuh). And maybe some more …
Who are the
evil enchanters that I am fighting? Where is my Dulcinea? Should I look for a
prince? Will I rescue or be rescued? Where is my horse? What is my horse?
Has anybody seen Rocinante?
Using a chance
of necessarily becoming a Don Quixote in the virtual, bushy world of Corpus, I
wish at the same time to investigate what chivalry and Don Quixotism in
themselves might mean in today's society.
will treat the upcoming months as an adventure.