Letter from Glasgow: Re-inhabiting
Inured to absence we must learn again how to be together. We are re-learning and re-noticing — noticing differently. We are taking each other in, newly alert to the fragility of each person, and perhaps more carefully attentive as we attempt to sound out the edges where our separateness meets; that must also be re-found after the long imposed distancing. The longed for thing has been returned to us but it has changed and we have to inhabit the new shape of it. more
We are masked as we were at the Fenice Opera in Venice for centuries. Here, a first night of September 2021, it is the Paris Opera. Marina Abramović dies there seven times in majesty inside the body of Maria Callas. A young woman in white crosses space. I tell myself that she is a nurse, at the bedside of our pandemic world.