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The flying artist room

We are Aylin and Janka, we are in the 13th grade of the Georg-Christoph-Lichtenberg-Schule. There was no normal school day on Wednesday, August 14th, 2019. A performance artist had already moved into our “flying artist room” on Monday. Now there was a "performance" that should give us a little foretaste of the time ahead with her. Except for a few teachers and students, nobody knew that this day would be any different. We were both among the few who had received at least some information in advance. But now enough of the preface, let's start with the interesting.

So that day we went to school and met at the artist's room, where one of the day's actions was to take place. To our great surprise, we were allowed to take part ourselves - we had assumed that we would only interview a few people and take pictures. Everyone who was supposed to take part in the performance besides us was “called” in a different way. Peter from the 6th grade told us about this in retrospect: "And then the announcement came that we should raise our left arm and reach under our chair." Nobody had any idea what would happen next.

We were admitted one by one into the artist's room, which increased the tension, especially among the younger ones. After entering, we were asked without words to take off our shoes and wash our hands. As we then entered the next, larger room, each of us wondered where we had gotten into. It looked religious, if not sectarian. Mats were laid out on the floor with small tables in front of them. On each table there was a bowl of white powder, an empty glass and an empty plate. When everyone was finally in the room, we were greeted in Japanese. Everyone in the room happened to be able to speak Japanese - no of course not! Not one. Two women - one of whom was the artist - poured water into our empty glasses. Only the gestures made during the Japanese instructions gave us an understanding of what to do. So we put the white powder with water in the empty plate and kneaded it. After kneading, we were able to form balls out of it, which were then collected. We repeated the procedure three times. A green powder was added the second time and pink powder the third time. Over time the atmosphere became more relaxed and it was explained more and more in German. So we learned that the white powder was rice flour, the green powder was matcha and the pink powder was strawberry cocoa. So the balls were rice balls, which was the Japanese favorite candy of the man who guided us. We then handed them over in the second major break at the grand finale.

Janka and Aylin (students)