Ute Hörner & the interspecies collective CMUK

Catalogue d'oiseaux - Catalog of birds

Exhibition
2 April - 8 May 2022
Holy Spirit Parish Library
Maximilian-Kolbe-Platz
Ratingen-West

Ute Hörner has had intensive experience in artistic collaboration with animals. As part of the artist duo Hörner/Antlfinger, she founded the interspecies collective CMUK. The word CMUK is an acronym of the first names of the founding members: Clara, Mathias, Ute and Karl. In Slovak it means something like kiss. In this constellation, Hörner/Antlfinger has been working on joint projects with the gray parrots Clara, Theo and Karl since 2014.

In the windows of the Heilig Geist parish library in the ecumenical church center of Ratingen-West, CMUK are showing the installation "Catalogue d'oiseaux - Catalogue of Birds" from books they have read together and reinterpreted.

In the run-up to the exhibition, guests of the municipal senior citizens' center in Ratingen-West learned about the special artistic work of CMUK on 29 March 2022 and experienced their own relationships with animals in a new way during a workshop with Ute Hörner, Anne Schülke and parrot Giselle - be it their own animal companions or other animals they encounter in the urban space.

In autumn 2021, the installation "Dollhouse for Dinosaurs" (2021) by the CMUK collective was on view as part of the exhibition Der Traum vom Wohnen - The Dream of Living at the Museum Ratingen.

Fotos: Alexander Zhelezynak, Cornelia Schillig