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One writes and in the end the letters burn somewhere along the way

Performance, 20', 2016
Language: German and English
A work with Michael Beron and Sam Parfitt






One writes and in the end the letters burn somewhere along the way is a collaborative performance and research project which investigates the mechanisms and desires at play when looking at historical material. It revolves around a collection of letters written by my great-grandfather during the Second World War as a German soldier in the Wehrmacht. Through a series of encounters it establishes a fragmentary, polyphonic and at times contradictory setting, in which the performers share the material but also compete to have it in their hands and to give it voice – consuming its private, literal meaning and analyzing it as cultural artifact or fetish.

The piece was first developed during the workshop Body / Language / Archive, organised by Mikub e.V in Berlin-Weißensee in May 2016.

Photo credit: © Axel Lambrette