Thomas Plischke

Artist twin / Dance maker,

49 years old  

Since 20 years, deufert&plischke work at the intersection of dance, society and media. Their work emerge from open processes where people build sensual and social fabrics based on memories and stories. Their work consists of choreographies, photographies, texts and videofilms and outreach the limitations of theater and dance and deal with individual participation and the social everyday in artistic processes. Their artwork are open communal rooms where people and things meet.

Amongst all of the questions that resonate with you about aging and growing old, which one seems the most essential for you that you would like to share ?
How to change the perspective on ageing, that it becomes something more valid for society and is not experienced as loss of abilities only by the ageing person. How could it be a gain of "other" abilities?

Share an image you find inspiring about aging

I met Merce Cunningham in 2000 in Vienna for a dinner. What I remember most is his voice. An old voice. A very gentle voice. A knowing voice.

From your own experiences, tell us about a significant moment or event in your personal or professional life that shaped your perspective around aging.

Together with my artist partner Kattrin Deufert we did some voluntary work in an old peoples home. We sat, introduced a theme and let people talk about it, amongst each other and with us. One day we introduced the theme sexuality, as we were working on a project and we had an incredible afternoon of stories and observations. And it became clear that inter generative care, somatic practice and sexuality needs a place and voice.

During our meetings last October, you imagined taking some first steps, the first actions. Can you remind us what they were? Can you tell us what happened when you put them into action?

If, in the coming months, you were given the time, energy and resources to set up a (new?) Project with our common questions at heart, what would it be?

According to your experiences and your expertise, where is the vitality, the curiosity, the strength to act in the face of the realities of aging?