Is there a story that has helped you to recover?
Informal public presentation of a two-day workshop by Rory Pilgrim

Sunday, January 23, 2022
7 PM

Salon des Amateurs, Grabbeplatz 4, Düsseldorf

Free Admission. Please note that this is a 2G+ event. For admission, a negative daily (not older than 24 hours) rapid test result is required in addition to proof of vaccination or recovery. A booster vaccination replaces the test result. Please register at:

Can we recover, if the systems around us do not change?

By storytelling, how might we recover those systems?

Over the course of a two-day long workshop, artist Rory Pilgrim has invited people from Cologne and Düsseldorf to reflect through different forms of storytelling on what ‘recovery’ might mean today. This workshop results in this informal public event, giving the opportunity for participants to share stories developed in the workshop in whatever way comfortable for them.

With recovery implying a return to a previous state of health, or even the retrieval of something stolen, can we instead rethink recovery as a way to imagine something completely anew with possibilities?

Inspired by the novelist Ursula K. Le Guin, who described the story as a ‘medicine bundle’, we will explore how we use storytelling to share what recovery might mean to us in our own lives. This might be personal or born out of wider political concerns.

Reflecting on how we might share our own stories or the stories of others, we will work with different forms of storytelling that feels intuitive to each person and as a group, such as through speech, writing, recordings and nonverbal forms such as tableau making and movement. Through this, we will together explore how experiences of recovery become entangled with wider systems of care, bureaucracy and law. By sharing stories, we will find ways to reimagine what recovery might be and as a way to shape the narratives and change we hope to implement for ourselves, local communities and the wider world.

Rory Pilgrim (UK/NL) is an artist and facilitator working across many different mediums including film, music, drawing, and live performance. Centred on emancipatory concerns, Pilgrim aims to challenge the nature of how we come together, speak, listen, and strive for social change through sharing and voicing personal experience. Working with others through different methods of dialogue, workshops, and collaboration, Rory is interested in how we form community locally and globally from both beyond and behind our screens.

If you would like to register as a participant for the entire two-day workshop, feel free to get in touch!
Hermann Mueller

reboot: responsiveness
Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne and Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf jointly announce the launch of reboot: – a collaborative, multi-cycle, anti-racist, and queer-feminist dialogue encompassing performance and research based practices.

Conceived by Eva Birkenstock, Nikola Dietrich, and Viktor Neumann
Core Collective: Alex Baczynski-Jenkins, Gürsoy Doğtaş, Klara Lidén, Ewa Majewska, Rory Pilgrim, Cally Spooner, and Mariana Valencia
Graphic design by Sean Yendrys