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Volume 29 Number 161
  • ISSN: 1318-0509
  • E-ISSN: 2050-957X



The newest production of the controversial artistic collective SIGNA, entitled Schwarze Augen, Maria/Black Eyes, Maria and produced by the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg theatre, with its approach of having fictive characters populate an abandoned real space where they create a parallel world of unknown place and time, confronts the viewer with the world of a closed mental institution, one in which six families participate voluntarily. They are taking part in the research of the 'Tiresias syndrome' because twenty years before, following a road accident in which all of them were involved, they gave birth to black-eyed kids. The viewer in the role of a visitor sets out on the journey across the memory-scape of individual residents and their caretakers, who explain, from different perspectives, the events from twenty years ago and their present life. A fictive world, constructed in detail, warns of constructed reality, posing through various perspectives the question as to what the truth is.


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  • Article Type: Article
Keyword(s): fiction; installation; manipulation; participation; perspectivity; reality
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