16 Scenes for a Forest

By Haug / Wetzel

When "Die Judenbuche" (The Jew's Beech) by Annette von Droste-Hülshoff was first published in 1842, it was in 16 parts for a journal and had the subtitle "Ein Sittengemälde aus dem gebirgichten Westfalen" (A portrait of morals from the hills of Westphalia). Today the text is a classic of world literature. In the park of Hülshoff Castle in Westphalia, this text is now the starting point for an installation: a mixture of radio play, film and contemplation of nature.
The installation is part of the two-year project "Living with the Ghosts (haunting|heritage)" by Burg Hülshoff - Center for Literature (CfL). It addresses the question of how the work of Annette von Droste-Hülshoff can be re-read as a national cultural heritage in an increasingly diverse society.
With the voices of: Christoph Bornmüller, Gerd Brendel, Dagmar Cassens, Heiko Daniels, Bettina Grahs, Vassilis Koukalani, Lorenz Krieger, Jacques Malan, Mia Rainprechter, David Ristau, Hilmar Wittler, a.o.
Concept, text, sound: Helgard Haug and Daniel Wetzel
Video: Marc Jungreithmeier
Sound, Mixing: Frank Böhle
Technical direction: Patrick Tucholski
Assistance: Lisa Homburger
Collaboration audio editing: Steffen Tielcke
Technical equipment, forestry: Klaudiusz Schimanowski
Production management CfL: Sophie Stroux
Production management RP: Vera Nau
Oriental music: Aspa Anogiati (lyre, bendir, musical advice and arrangement), Badee Alhindi (violin, rebab, cello) Ahmad Almir (oud), Özlem Yilmaz (ney).
Using Nisiotikos Chorus (Traditional), To Minore Tis Avis (Traditional), Franz Schubert: Gute Nacht.
"Living with the Ghosts (haunting|heritage)" is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media, by the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia as part of the programme "Regionales Kultur Programm NRW" (Regional Cultural Programm NRW), by the Commerzbank Foundation and the Kunststiftung NRW.
"16 Scenes for a Forest" is a co-production of Burg Hülshoff - Center for Literature with Rimini Apparat and is supported by the Kunststiftung NRW, the Ministry of Culture and Science of Nordrhein-Westfalen and the NRW Landesbüro Freie Darstellende Künste.
Presented by Kultur.West and taz. die Tageszeitung.
Thanks to Kunsthalle Mannheim, Pia Goebel, Anja Heizer, das Nationaltheater Mannheim, Dominika Siroka.