The others - training for neighbourhood

 

 

 

Concept:

Andreas Liebmann

 

Performance, realisation

Lajos Talamonti

Beatrice Fleischlin

Thomas Friese

Andreas Liebmann

 

produktion

Kaserne Basel

September 2008

 

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I only call my neighbor “The Buffalo” anyway.

The point of The Others was to examine the phenomenon of neighborhood in the border triangle of Basel. I stood on the streets with a sign saying, “Show me your neighbors”. Thus, I met inhabitants of Basel whom I visited at home. I had them show me or describe their neighbors to me. From the texts and topics that emerged, together with other performers I developed a multi-step “Training for Neighborliness” at the Boxclub at Kaserne Basel. The elements of this training were: personal training to overcome cynicism towards “The Others”, a lecture-performance about “The Others”, an audio-play about a neighborhood disaster scenario, sound spectral analysis of neighborhood noises (sex, power drill, snoring, TV), and finally group training for a Utopian development of neighborhood.

 

 

A Tamil lives downstairs; that is his store. He always keeps a bit of an eye on me. He always knows which cigarettes I buy. If I buy another brand of cigarettes, he always knows that they are for someone else, and then he asks me who’s visiting my apartment tonight. However, that is not unpleasant, on the contrary, I am pleased. After all, I am here in Basel, and there aren’t that many people who keep an eye on me, and it is quite nice when somebody thinks about you.

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