Beate Absalon’s documentation of YES! NO! MAYBE! A WORKSHOP ON SAFER SPACES AND CONSENT CULTURE
Whether at work, in private relationships or in art: the clarity of YES and NO gives us security. But in between lies the exciting, but also unsettling land of MAYBE. “Will you go out with me?” – “Depends!” “Should we do project A?” – “Perhaps.” “Is that a satisfactory solution?” – “Yes and no.” “Would you massage my feet?” – “On one condition …” “Give me honest feedback, please!” – “Uhm…” “Did you like the book?” – “Somewhat.”
Joris Kern’s workshop YES! NO! MAYBE! invited participants to navigate through shared hesitation and trial and error. What does this in-between-space feel like and how can it be entered? What happens when people with their ambiguity meet others who also don’t know what they want? Is there a feeling of comfort within discomfort? What actually is a safe space and how can a “maybe” provide safety?
In the workshop we interviewed each other about how we actually know if we want something or not, and how a “Yes”, a “No” and a “Maybe” feels like in our bodies. With different objects we then built little sculptures that represented our relation to “Yes” and “No” as well as the necessary conditions that help us to navigate through the space of “Maybe” safely.
The created installations are presented in the following with a few explanations the artists gave about their work.
OBJECTS OF NO
OBJECTS OF YES
NECESSARY CONDITIONS TO MOVE IN THE SPACE OF MAYBE TO A YES OR A NO