My Imaginary Cities
It was outside her mental map... it was not even in the map: ‘Over there’ ‘Somewhere over there’... For example I myself I lost my sight when I was 8 years old and I can remember everything you know for example when you talk about birds I have seen birds if you talk about animals for example sheeps or cows or horses I saw them and I saw the mountains the stars at night when I was young. I tried to count them also when I am dreaming.
In My Imaginary Cities wird der vorwiegend visuelle Zugang zu Stadt und Geschichte hinterfragt. Erzählungen blinder und sehbehinderter Menschen aus Beirut und Frankfurt am Main bilden die Grundlage eines auditiven Stadtrundgangs. Der Zugang der Erzählenden zum öffentlichen Raum wird zur Schablone für Richtung, Geschwindigkeit und Rhythmus. So orientieren wir uns dort, wo uns die Orientierung verlorengegangen ist. Using the cane is like that: When I move my right foot, I put the cane like that, the left foot the cane be here so etc. In order not to knock at cars or pillars or steps. So I can feel my way by using the cane.
In My Imaginary Cities wird das Traumatische der Erfahrung von Stadt gestreift. Der auditive Stadtrundgang lässt zwei Städte miteinander kollidieren und schafft so eine imaginäre dritte Stadt. The idea was to demolish the ECB headquarter but build instead social housing complex and äh... The ECB headquarter was demolished and I have this story there which is that I asked the demolisher, the guy who was supposed to demolish the ECB headquarter... I told him: What is this ECB headquarter for you? And he looked at it like this... he said: two hundred trucks. The demolition of the ECB headquarter would fill two hundred trucks... I mean... the building was there, but in their mind it is not there anymore. It was outside his mental map... it was not even in the map, he doesn’t want to hear about it, it was outside the map: ‘Over there’ ‘Somewhere over there’...
Ein Projekt von ongoing project in Zusammenarbeit mit Erzählenden aus Frankfurt am Main und Beirut.
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