LIVEBOAT - Chapter 5
Taking his trident in both hands,
Poseidon stirs the sea into a fury
and lashes up rain and squall.
Mast and sail are torn away,
Odysseus is thrown overboard
and buried under a wall of water.
When he emerges gasping and sputtering,
he somehow manages to clamber back aboard.
A goddess, Leucothea, appears to him in the form of a bird.
She counsels him to swim for it.
“Take my veil, tie it around your waist as a charm against drowning.
When you reach shore, be sure to throw it back into the sea.”
Homer, Odyssey, Chapter Five
LIVEBOAT - Chapter 5 addresses the ongoing refugee tragedy in front of our borders and offers space for communication and discourses. After a long odyssey, an oversized lifeboat runs ashore on Tempelhof Airport. Inside the boat, multilingual extracts from Homer's Odyssey as well as fragments of refugee experiences are intertwined to a sound carpet.
26. June - 28. June 2015, Tempelhofer Feld in Berlin, Germany
48 Stunden Neukölln
26. September 2015, Scheveningse Pier in The Hague, The Netherlands
TodaysArt. NL 2015
22 - 24. September, 2016, Am Fluss Festival, Dresden, Germany
Kunsthaus Dresden - Städtische Galerie für Gegenwartskunst
Concept: Marco Canevacci
Design: Yena Young
Sound design: Marco Barotti
Coordination: Steffi Goldmann
Interviews: Hadmut Bittiger
Team: Mirjam Dorsch, Stephanie Grönnert, Hugo Luque, Simone Serlenga, Gabriel Spera
Thanks to: Martin Steffens, Franz Höfner, Markus Wüste, Andrea Klahold, Herr Gessner, Homer
Kindly supported by (for 48 Stunden Neukölln festival):
Aktionsfonds Quartiersmanagement Schillerpromenade
Kulturnetzwerk Neukölln e.V.
Bezirksamt Neukölln Fachbereich Kultur
Stiftung Umverteilen! AG dritte welt Hier!
Grün Berlin GmbH
Photos: Goetz Arntzen, Serlenga, Canevacci