Silke Buchholz, Andreas Liebmann
set & costumes:
artistic advisor :
Theater Neumarkt, Frühjahr 2008
WHAT DO I HAVE?
In luxury pawnshop I examined the relationship of the citizens of Zurich with personal possessions. The performance had two stages. In the first stage, I stood on the street holding a sign saying “Lend me your property”. I was asking people to lend me their belongings so that I could furnish a luxury apartment at the theater space (the chorus passage of the Theater Neumarkt) – where I was living at this time. I visited people who wanted to lend me something at home, portraying them with the objects they were lending me, which had to have personal significance for them. I did not want garbage.
In this manner, I encountered very different people: rich ones, poor ones, dropouts, well-traveled ones; insurance agents with apocalyptic fantasies and settled citizens who had illnesses preventing them from being in full possession of their physical property. Using the objects loaned to me, I first furnished an apartment at the theater space and then presented the performance luxury pawnshop there. The evening consisted mainly of people being able to buy at auction the right to borrow other people’s objects for an evening: to sit on an expensive sofa, to wear a beautiful dress, to listen to a concert under a sparkling chandelier. For the performance, I used texts based on conversations with my “lenders” on the subject of personal property.
“When I die I want as little as possible to be left behind.
That’s why I make regular trips to Brockenhaus, to get rid of stuff slowly.”
“I lament the loss of a breast.
Now I have one of those silicone things.
It’s a bit tough if you have the feeling
that men don’t want you anymore because of that.”
text example 1
text example 2