After 7 events and a symposium in London and Berlin, from the Freud Museum to the Österreichisches Kulturforum, and two exclusive publications, Kakania returns to Berlin at Lettretage for a night of newly commissioned avant garde live artworks.
New performances & poetry from Lea Schneider on Bertha Eckstein-Diener / Kinga Toth on 'Sissi' Empress Elisabeth of Austria / Rike Scheffler on Marie Pappenheim / Fabian Faltin on Ernst Mach / Norbert Lange on Rainer Maria Rilke
Kakania in Berlin - May 9th 2016
at Österreichisches Kulturforum Berlin http://www.kulturforumberlin.at/
Kakania debuted in Berlin, with six new literary performance commissions from contemporary artists, each of whom presented a work that celebrated / responded to a figure from the Habsburg era. www.kakania.co.uk Featuring Max Höfler on Ludwig Wittgenstein, Maja Jantar on Lou Andreas Salome, Tomomi Adachi on Josef Matthias Hauer, Ernesto Estrella on Gustav Mahler & Ann Cotten on Otto Neurath
There has been no one city's culture, at one singular time in modern history, more widely influential on contemporary thought than that of Habsburg Vienna a century ago. A time so densely constituted with intellectual revolution in fields as diverse as poetry, fiction, journalism, music, composition, philosophy, psychology, art … that it seems it can often only be evoked through a wistfulness that belies the melancholy, the energy and the seismic change that constituted it.
With Kakania, decidedly contemporary, avant-garde, original works of text and art are presented in an attempt to be as complex and genre testing as the works, and the people, they are responsive to. This is a project where the past, and our understanding of it, is not be refracted through historical analysis, but the creative process, and one that is utterly contemporary. Kakania is an opportunity for audiences to discover the Habsburg era in a wholly new guise, as our era.