For a month, I was artist in residence at the Schlachthaus Bern. I approached the subject examined by my performance – illness and public life – from two different directions. On the one hand, I had random pedestrians on the street show and tell me about their illnesses. I talked to epileptics, to hypochondriacs, to cases of periodontosis, hernias, skin allergies, teenagers with ADHD and many others. I sat at a table on the sidewalk with a sign saying, “Are you sick? Tell all!” Then I waited until somebody sat down to talk to me. This often led to very long conversations with slightly absurd overtones. For example when a 65-year-old woman opened her mouth on the square outside the Zytglogge Tower, pointing to individual teeth and describing which tooth was causing her which problems. I started a kind of patient’s file, noting each “patient’s” history and tracing the paths they were taking through Bern. This led to a “map of illnesses” and served as material for an indoor performance which I developed for the Schlachthaus Theater.

 

My second field of research started with the fact that my grandfather had been an ear, nose and throat specialist practicing in Bern. I visited his former students and had them explain his personality and the operations he used to perform.

 

I wove all the material I had found in this manner into a performance at the Schlachthaus Theater; the framework was that members of the audience could turn in their illnesses and acquire new ones.

 

YOUR ILLNESS IS NOT YOUR OWN, YOUR ILLNESS BELONGS TO THE CITY!

 

Malade Public Concept, performance: Andreas Liebmann Sets, costume / Graphic design: Gabriela Neubauer Artistic Advisor: Beatrice Fleischlin Production: Schlachthaus Theater Bern, June 2011

ARE YOU SICK? TELL ALL!

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