New performances & poetry from:
- Lea Schneider on Bertha Eckstein-Diener
- Kinga Toth on ‘Sissi’ Empress Elisabeth of Austria
- Rike Scheffler on Marie Pappenheim
- Günter Vallaster on Raoul Hausmann
- Fabian Faltin on Ernst Mach
- Norbert Lange on Rainer Maria Rilke
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 and 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.
But in the Kakania project, sentimentality is set aside for radical new works by contemporary artists, each responding with a new performance or reading that celebrates or commemorates a single figure from the era in question. 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. More here.