Video from performance
Dual screen based on installation view
One cold winter's day, a number of porcupines huddled together quite closely in order through mutual warmth to prevent themselves from being frozen. But soon they felt the effect of their quills on one another, which made them again move apart. Now when the need for warmth once brought them together, the drawbacks of the quills was repeated so that they were tossed between two evils, until they had discovered the proper distance from which they could best tolerate one another. Thus the need for society, which springs from the emptiness and monotony of men's lives, drives them together... the mean distance which they finally discover, and which enables them to endure being together, is politeness and good manners.
-Arthur Schopenhauer, Parerga und Paralipomena