Wo kommen wir hin. Getting the Elephant Out of the Room


Kathrin Röggla in discussion with ...

... Patrick Kroker, a lawyer, affiliated with the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR)

To carry out a literary experiment, Kathrin Röggla invites viewers to a series of talks from 21–25 May 2019, presented under the title Der Elefant aus dem Raum (Getting the Elephant Out of the Room). Her guests come from varied fields of political, legal and dramatic professions. She will speak with them about their work experiences in an attempt to determine whether problems in communication crop up on a par with the proverbial “Elephant in the Room”, and then she'll process this material live. Röggla uses the special features of the Akademie building on Hanseatenweg ‒ a venue that is a place of production, performance and artists' residences combined into one ‒ to delineate such sites in her performance.

In a series of talks meant to be publicly experienced, Röggla begins by holding a one-hour conversation with each respective visitor in the sound studio. At around 7 pm she moves to Hall 1, where she publicly transcribes the recorded conversation. And towards 8 pm the performance continues in the “Beckett Studio”, where Röggla extracts literary material from the transcript. During her performance Mark Lammert will carry out his work as a copyist and transformer of texts.

Dr. Patrick Kroker studied law at the universities of Leipzig, Trier and Lisbon. He was assistant to the joint plaintiff at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. In 2012 he received his doctorate from the University of Hamburg, with a study on victim participation in international criminal proceedings. He is on staff at the University of Hamburg and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. In 2014 he was a postdoctoral fellow of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and at Goldsmiths College in London. Kroker is admitted to the bar. He has been involved in the International Crimes and Accountability programme of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights since November 2015, where among focuses, he heads the ECCHR's work on human rights violations committed in Syria.

Further talks with ...

21 May: Heike Kleffner, a journalist and chief executive officer of the Association of Counseling Centres for Victims of Right-Wing, Racist and Anti-Semitic Violence in Germany (VBRG).

22 May: Arabelle Bernecker-Thiel, a political scientist and consultant for migration management

23 May: Ulf Bünermann, a sociologist and coordinator in the Berlin State Office for Equal Treatment and against Discrimination (LADS)

24 May: Frank Raddatz, a dramaturge and publicist

A special event that is part of “Wo kommen wir hin”.

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Kathrin Röggla in discussion with Patrick Kroker

In German

Free admission

Further information

www.wokommenwirhin.de (Link in German)