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theatre was built in 1907 by Oskar Kaufmann and is a beautiful, intimate,
old-fashioned place, with a maze of staircases and backrooms that
normally a theater audience wouldn’t be able to access. We
decided to do a video walk using these spaces. One of the main elements
of the story involved taking the participant up winding stairs and
encountering a room covered in plastic as a parallel to a woman’s
journey to visit a man in an apartment. As in most of the walks,
the narrative is not clear but there are hints that the man is hiding
in the theater attic. In one scene, he gets arrested by police in
historical costumes. The final scene is on the stage where, when
you turn and see a whole audience watching, you realize that all
along you have been part of a play.
Jvox It was raining the night I went to see him. I had forgotten my umbrella
and the water was running down my forehead into my eyes.
Jvox I remember
the sound of my shoes hitting the stairs. A dog barked behind a door,
a siren passed by outside. As I reached the door to his apartment I heard
a woman laughing across the hallway and I stopped to listen. Then I heard
the telephone ring.
sfx in back-ground. telephone ringing sfx comes out of Wilson room
Jvox Theres a door on the right.
Go through it. It’s heavy, push
Janet Stop at the sign Bühne. The white arrow on the ground. I’m
turning the camera back on again. Now open the door and walk to the left
onto the stage.
enter to back stage
Lars walking around stage I
dreamt that I was at a family reunion and my grandfather and grandmother
were there. I started crying in the dream because I was so happy to see
them. My grandmother came over and wanted to know what was wrong. She
was so real. Her glasses, the texture of her skin. She gave me a big
hug and said, don’t worry everything
will be alright. She didn’t know that she was dead.
Lars Are you listening to me
? Why aren’t you listening to me ?
I can’t hear you anymore.
no response from Jvox. Lars turns towards stage and camera follows. you
see that there is a whole audience. piano starts playing, then singer
who stands in the audience starts singing. camera moves past actor off
stage and then down into audience, past singer. lights fade down, audience
claps, actors bow on stage, camera goes to black. then image comes up
to an empty stage. a stage technician comes onto it and starts to turn
off all the lights then leaves through the back door
Jvox Just now an image flashed into my mind of millions of silver wires
connecting the universe together. For a fraction of a second I thought
I had glimpsed the answer to everything then just as quickly the image
camera fades to black
Essay on Ghost Machine by Matthias Lilienthal 128 kb [PDF
English] [PDF deutsch]
Laurie Yonge, Lars Rudolph
|CARDIFF & MILLER
Video walk, 27 minutes
English and German versions.
Curated by Matthias Lilienthal. Hebbel Theater, Berlin, Germany