This morning, I saw Adrian Piper in the subway tunnel underneath Rosenthaler Platz. It was just the two of us walking toward each other, which was incredibly strange.
And it is also weird because there are like 3.4 million people in Berlin with 3.399999999999 million of them not being Adrian Piper, my artheroine and one of the many reasons I began to think seriously about moving here.
She looked alarmingly dapper and had this weirdly blissful look on her face. I couldn't decide whether to sycophantify myself and run after her and tell her what an amazing speaker/artist/person she is, or just let it go. I decided to just let it go.
Then, I decided not to let it go, so I turned around, tripped in my excitement, and made some giggly German girl very giggly. I tried to find Adrian again, but she was lost in the mist of people crossing the street. Was she a Gucci sponsored mirage? Either way, I am going to frequent that subway stop in hopes of drinking from her bespectacled oasis-like visage again.
I keep thinking about her happy, satisfied look. She looked like a woman who really enjoys life, even after piling into some hot ass subway car with 800 French tourists*. That leads me to another shocking thing about her appearance: she was wearing wintry clothing. It is very hot here. Much hotter than I expected. And a/c is like unheard of, so those subway cars are basically little shag-carpeted George Foremans.
I mean, the woman was wearing a pantsuit, coat and scarf. But she wasn't sweating. I however, was sweating profusely in the cotton homemade robot shirt my assistant gave me. Is Adrian Piper immune to sweating and other base human functions?
I find this whole encounter mystifying.
*French tourists have taken over Berlin, Le gross.
Is it Bastille Day?
I sketched inside a graveyard for like an hour today. I sketched some headstones and weird altars and stuff. I realized that I really miss purposeless sketching. For a while now, I've been using sketchbooks to diagram installations plan sculptural forms to be used later. But I think for a few weeks I'm just going to record weird stuff with no ulterior motive.