Kneeling and Streetwashing (excerpt), Broadcast: o94 Kultur-Spezial, Radio Orange, 94.0, Vienna, 6.26.2015
Staged reading: Depot, Vienna, 6.15.2015
Text by Sarah Mendelsohn
Direction and sound editing by Fred Schmidt-Arenales
Read by Tal Adler, Jelena Kaludjerović, Veronica Lion, Takeo Marquardt, Sarah Mendelsohn, and Laura Unger
Also featuring the voice of LRL
Earlier version: WUK, Vienna, 2.3.2015 (feat. Tal Adler, Anna Barfuss, Franz Kapfer, Veronica Lion, and Anna Mendelssohn)
Kneeling and Streetwashing is a hybrid audio performance about representations of historical violence and kitsch in public space. The play begins as a fictional conversation among a group of cultural workers and city officials tasked with addressing the statue of the Kneeling and Streetwashing Jew installed at Albertinaplatz, Vienna, within Alfred Hrdlicka’s Monument against War and Fascism. Over six chapters the focus expands to include personal narrative and re-imagined conversations, reflections on the city and this space within it: what has taken place here and what might still be possible? Research for Kneeling and Streetwashing was supported by a Fulbright Fellowship.
Memorial and Revision, featuring curatorial project and related writing hosted by Open Systems: here.
Images from Kneeling and Streetwashing and related projects below: