Silencio (Finissage of Exhibition”Stille”, Berlin 2017)

Silencio (also known as BREATH) is a performance based on Samuel Beckett’s minimal 25 seconds time play Breath. All human life is just a breath between two cries in rubbish. Other infuences, except Beckett, are David Lynch’s Mullholland Drive sequense in club “Silencio” and Theodor Adorno’s philosophical book Negative Dialectics. Lynch shows a world where all is “just a tape” and Adorno suggests that after Auschwitz “all culture is for rubbish”. In our performance female performer wraps herself with videotape (legs, body, face, eyes) while the masked male performer shows audience photos of concentration camps mixed with monuments of human civilization. At the end of the performance female wrapped performer cries/inhales/cries and falls (dies).

Our performance touches the narrative of Auschwitz, where they died out millions of breaths and then there was silence. As Theodor Adorno says “the fact that Auschwitz happened despite all tradition of philosophy, art and science shows in a way that culture, civilization, spirit can not move and change people”. The message linked to the performance is the breath of civilization lost in the fumes of garbage. The performance is linked with Out Of Borders festival as it tries to “open new scenarios increasing people’s awareness of our world”. Concentration camps and Auschwitz is not too far away from our present world and it could be a horrifying reality if History will repeat itself as a farse.

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