April 15, 2015, 7:30–9:30 p.m.
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What is it that we find fascinating when we read stories written from the perspective of murderers, violent criminals or war criminals? The accounts of socially ostracized or disapproved actions, fantasies or thoughts incite disgust, revulsion or shame. At the same time, adopting an evil, disgusting or shameful perspective in literature, theatre, film or computer games always seems to be a sure bet to draw maximum attention. Why? The results of the theater and research project “Infamous Perspectives” (2013) have now been documented in a book edited by Julian Klein et al. On April 15, 2015, the publication will be launched at the bookshop “Einar & Bert” in Berlin.
In 2013, over 100 audience members carried out a self-experiment at Uferstudios and at Sopiensaele in Berlin: they spoke the parts from the drama Aalst by Pol Heyvaert and Dimitri Verhulst, which is based on a trial of parents who killed their own children. Is it possible to take the perspectives of such extreme characters?
In October 2013, at a symposium at Sophiensaele, the same question was asked by representatives of occupations whose field of activity requires the investigation into infamous perspectives: legal experts, psychiatrists, authors and actors, literary scholars and art historians.
The results of the project “Infamous Perspectives” have now been documented in a book which includes contributions by scientists and scholars Martin von Koppenfels, Hans-Christian von Herrmann, Thomas-Michael Seibert, Aage Hansen-Löve and Christina Röfer, the profiler Harald Dern from the Federal Criminal Police Office, the psychiatrist Hans-Ludwig Kröber, Presiding Judge at the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) Thomas Fischer as well as the authors Judith Kuckart and John von Düffel.
The enclosed DVD shows eight self-experiments of the audience members in videos by Daniel Kötter.
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