The World After #12 – Germaine Kruip

July 2020

In The World After we invite artists to respond to questions about the Anthropocene after the Coronavirus pandemic. This project is inspired by the exhibition Poems for Earthlings by Adrián Villar Rojas. More information about the project and other artist contributions can be found on our overview pageThe World After is initiated by the Oude Kerk in collaboration with mister Motley.

The World After #12
Germaine Kruip, A Square Without Corners, 2020

In 2015 the Oude Kerk presented the exhibition Geometry of the Scattering by artist Germaine Kruip. For The World After, she explored the concept of infinity. This resulted in a performance for which she collaborated with Balinese High Priestess Ida Resi Alit. In Kruip’s own words:

“In the performance ‘A Square Without Corners’, I play with the absence of fixed meaning and its spiritual corollary. The performance script compiles quotes about infinity, more precisely how infinity frames the mental space that marks the prospect and the birth of an idea. Following my one-on-one performance ‘A Square Spoken’, presented in 2015 at the Oude Kerk during my solo exhibition ‘Geometry of the Scattering’, ‘A Square Without Corners’ represents a shift from the study of a geometrical shape to a study of consciousness and the space in which a concept starts to see the light. From the object to the subject; from a shape to a shapeless infinite.

For “The World After”, I propose a video piece consisting of the reading, channelling and chanting of ‘A Square Without Corners’ by Balinese High Priestess Ida Resi Alit. I shared with her an Indonesian translation of the script, and after studying the text for a couple of weeks, she delivered a heartfelt interpretation of it, mixing Sanskrit, Kawi and what she calls astral language.”

Germaine Kruip, A Square Without Corners, 2020.

A Square Without Corners, in the words of —
a Chinese proverb
François Laruelle
Emily Dickinson
Clarice Lispector
Maya Angelou
Thomas Henry Huxley
Norton Juster
Francis Bacon
Kasimir Malevich
Susan Sontag
Virginia Woolf
Frank Lloyd Wright
Vladimir Nabokov
Albert Einstein
Alexander Calder
Lygia Clark
Blaise Pascal
John Cage
Sylvia Plath
Georgia O’Keeffe
& Toni Morrison.