Community of Practice

Jana Kerima Stolzer & Lex Rütten, artists

Jana Kerima Stolzer and Lex Rütten are an artist duo working together since more than 5 years. They create multimedia stage installations and performances which address the technological environment as a shaping and changing component of the world that affects not only human beings, but also flora and fauna. In the past the duo realized scenic installations and performances at the interface between exhibition space and theatre space.

Jana Kerima Stolzer & Lex Rütten (c) Léon Aicher

Description of current research
Symbiosis and cross-species relationships
The understanding of evolution is shaped by biological knowledge and findings, which is reflected in human behaviour. Life describes a constant competition between individuals. The Victorian, capitalist world wrote itself deeply into the research and the way we understand evolution to remain here today. At the same time, the irrevocable influence of human beings on their environment continues to increase. These landscape inscriptions are everywhere, but very clearly in the industrial North Rhine-Westphalia. The question of coexistence with the organisms living on this earth is becoming increasingly urgent. Examples of symbiotic relationships in nature can be used to develop forms of existence for the future. A future that calls into question the struggle for survival of the single individual. The human being sees itself as the highest being in evolutionary development. But what if we need one or more symbiotic partners for the next evolutionary leap? What if symbioses are the true drivers of evolution and that our view of the world must change to reflect this?