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!

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!

 

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