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Please let me be your project:

Festivals, double and triple features, experimental tours of the Droste Museum - this is just a small overview of the projects currently being developed at the Center for Literature.


(c) Lennart Lofink

Two novels in one night: Saša Stanišić's Vor dem Fest (Before the Party) and Jan Brandt's Gegen die Welt (Against the World). Over the course of a double feature, the two writers become the performers of their own texts. They will be assisted by three additional artists: the stage designer Philine Rinnert, the video artist Ian Purnell and the musician Tim Gorinski. The Münster choir Die Untertanen! will also be a part of the event. Together, they will transform Burg Hülshoff into traversable versions of both novels.

In the first part of this double feature evening, Jan Brandt portrays the protagonist of his novel, Daniel Kuper, who moves between the fronts of Nazis and aliens. Gegen die Welt tells the story of Kuper's rebellion against the community of a village in East Friesland and makes use of fantasy as well as science fiction motifs and heavy metal. Ian Purnell and Tim Gorinski create a multimedia setting for Brandt and his main character: we encounter the rigid power structures in a West German village in the early 1990s somewhere between film images and a radio play.

The second part of the evening belongs to Vor dem Fest: Saša Stanišić reads the chorus of the Brandenburg village community herself, from whose perspective the novel is narrated. His polyphonous "we" bores through historic depths, languages and anecdotes: supported by the singing of the Untertanen. We will eat, drink and listen. And the space surrounding us, altered by Philine Rinnert using light touches, does the rest to allow us to be transformed into a village community.

In VOR DEM FEST: GEGEN DIE WELT, the authors and the artistic colleagues take stock of the village, somewhere between text, image, music and space, somewhere between Stranger Things in East Friesland and baroque legends in Brandenburg.

VOR DEM FEST: GEGEN DIE WELT is a production of Burg Hülshoff – Center for Literature in cooperation with Filmwerkstatt Münster and the choir Die Untertanen!.

Dark Light Dark

(c) Lennart Lofink

Olivia Wenzel, author, and Julia Lerch-Zajączkowska, curator, take us on performative tour. The occasion is a portrait in the garden hall: a dark-skinned man wearing a turban leads a horse and pyramids can be seen in the background.

What does this painting say about the way in which the inhabitants of Burg Hülshoff imagined the world in the 19th century? To what extent were these fantasies part of a colonial Europe? Have these and similar images contributed to the visual preparation for racist worldviews? Or were they the result of these? And does this have anything to do with Annette? Where is Annette, anyway?

Wenzel and Lerch-Zajączkowska slip into the gigantic slippers of the Hülshoffian past and walk in them through the museum's present. Exotic deodorant sprays and secret closets, moldy apples and mysterious carpet patterns come into view. Objects and stories that were previously invisible yet always present come into the light.

With a great deal of humor and bearing in mind that remembering also always means inventing, Wenzel and Lerch-Zajączkowska lead us through a permanent exhibition that really does last for quite some time. And, in doing so, they conduct research into what "museum" actually means here.

Dark Light Dark is a production of Burg Hülshoff – Center for Literature. The conceptual phase was funded by the Ministry for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Queeres Land/Queer Country

(c) Lennart Lofink

A performative cruising stroll through the castle park of Burg Hülshoff: short speeches, stories told over headphones, tea ceremonies, meditations, tours through the woods and a concert on the nude sunbathing lawn.

The entire event revolves around one question: is queer desire different in the country than it is in the city? What does the country know about the thousands of other genders alongside man and woman? Do these stories find a place in the collective memory? And who can write them?

Let's go cruising in our little patch of wood, our "Burghain", if you will. Let's deliver ourselves into the rough hands of the gentle cruising guides Thomas Bartling and David Kilinç. On the way: miniatures made from texts. By Jean Genet, from Hubert Fichte to Ronya Othmann, Daniel Sauermilch and Tucké Royale, with headphone tracks by Micha Kranixfeld.

Who does the countryside belong to?

Queeres Land/Queer Country is a production of Burg Hülshoff – Center for Literature.


(c) Lennart Lofink

Ecoptopia is an installation, text performance and music show all at the same time.

And what, exactly, is it about? Ecology. And how it only became possible due to a long, dark history: that of colonialism. After the British established their colonies in a variety of African states, they used botany as a welcome means of conquest. Swamps were drained, the notions that the indigenous people had of nature were ignored, their ways of live were destroyed, entire tribes were murdered.

Time to make some noise.

Senthuran Varatharajah, author, and the band RÁN write and compose their way through a sinister rock and roll colonial exhibition. We do not celebrate colonialism. We expose it and thus make it recognizable.

On the ground, melodies solidify into the music of borders. Hidden between pillars of concrete: a garden. And in it, a pile of teeming questions:

What connects racism and speaking about "nature"? How has ecology (helped to) create the divide between global north and global south? How does this continue today in modern construction projects? And: can we still create a (fair) future for this planet?

Ecotopia is part of Anbauen! (Grow Houses!) *

Anbauen!* is funded by the German Capital Cultural Foundation and the Art Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia. The project is part of the anniversary celebration programming 100 jahre bauhaus im westen (100 Years of Bauhaus in the West) of the Ministry for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia as well as by LWL and LVR.

Archäologischer Park/Archaeological Park

(c) Anton K. Krause/Fabian Raith

Before is renovated at the end of 2019, the ground must first be archaeologically examined. This is a great opportunity to enter into the depths in terms of performance as well:

What does archaeology mean and signify, how does it touch our lives? Is the past located in museums that feed themselves and their collections from excavations a past that actually took place? Or has it been invented?

The first part of this triple feature digs into Theater im Pumpenhaus. Here, the group vorschlag:hammer unfolds the great archaeological topics in Die Ausgrabung (The Excavation). A performance about excavating and exhibiting. About the museum as the world and the world as a museum. And about the question of what actually remains of us and whether what remains actually tells the story of who we were.

The other two parts take place in and around Burg Hülshoff: the audience discovers the grounds of the castle over the course of an audio walk. Over headphones, they listen to one of the most famous Droste texts of all time: Die Mergelgrube (The Marl Pit). Four voices do not only read the text, they tap into it, break off pieces of it to look into the layers underneath and seek to get to the bottom of it.

And there is also a traversable, plastic piece of text, located in Villa Schonebeck, built in the 1920s. Lisa Danulat, the playwright, removes the layers: Arcanum – 20 DM. The villa will become a museum for memories and this museum will be cleared out, object by object. The audiences can see things that never existed there or that never will exist. With the help of augmented reality, Anton Kurt Krause and Fabian Raith make the invisible visible.

Archäologischer Park (Archaeological Park) is a project of Burg Hülshoff – Center for Literature in coproduction with Theater im Pumpenhaus Münster and LWL-Archaeology for Westphalia, funded in the program "Regional Cultural Policy" by the Ministry for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. In cooperation with the Performance and Object course of study of the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art in Berlin, the Westphalian Literature Archive in the LWL Archive Office for Westphalia and the LWL Literary Commission for Westphalia.


(c) Sabrina Richmann

Zusammen mit Insekten, den sechsbeinigen Mitbewohnerinnen der Erde, bauten fünf Künstlerinnen ganz ohne Seufzen
und Ächzen ein neues Museum der Natur.

Die Lyrikerin Monika Rinck tat es mit Poesie; der Musiker Phill Niblock mit Akkorden, die in die Ewigkeit reichen (und in die Magengrube); die Videokünstlerin Katherine Liberovskaya filmte das beflügelte und krabbelnde Leben; und von der Choreografin Rosalind Goldberg und vom Bildenden Künstler Michael Graessner stammten fragile Bewegungsabläufe zwischen Nebel und Wachs.

Kommen Sie herein! In diesem Museum können Sie schauen. Sie können hören. Sie können fühlen, riechen, schmecken, berühren. Sie können Dinge formen und zerstören. Sie können tanzen.

Insektometrie ist Teil von Anbauen! Anbauen! wird gefördert durch die Kulturstiftung des Bundes und die Kunststiftung NRW. Das Projekt ist Teil des Jubiläumsprogramms 100 jahre bauhaus im westen des Ministeriums für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes NRW, des LWL und des LVR.

Form Follows Energy


Form Follows Energy ist ein Experiment zwischen Literatur und visueller Kunst. Der Videokünstler Tobias Yves Zintel und fünf Autor*innen erforschen gemeinsam die
Möglichkeit alternativer Zukünfte auf diesem bedrohten Planeten.

In produktiver Reibung mit dem Roman The Shape Of Things To Come des Science-Fiction-Pioniers H. G. Wells haben Hamed Abboud, María Cecilia Barbetta, Ann Cotten, Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl und Yoko Tawada fünf völlig unterschiedliche Texte vorgelegt. Sie benutzen den Wells’schen Text nicht als Folie. Sie transformieren ihn in eine Gebrauchsanweisung für neue Texte.

Form Follows Energy nimmt diese Texte, destilliert sie, lässt sie von Performer*innen unterschiedlichen Alters vortragen und stellt so eine neue Art von Literaturfilm dar.

Form Follows Energy ist Teil von Anbauen! Anbauen! wird gefördert durch die Kulturstiftung des Bundes und die Kunststiftung NRW. Das Projekt ist Teil des Jubiläumsprogramms 100 jahre bauhaus im westen des Ministeriums für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes NRW, des LWL und des LVR.