Wash the pain away!
“Schuld” is a German term that implements two different yet related meanings: “guilt” as a moral duty and »debt« as an economical obligation. Schuldfabrik explores the conflict between these notions and their potential valorisation. Schuldfabrik proposes contemporary forms of indulgence trade. In collaboration with plastic surgeons and their clients, Julian Hetzel created a soap from human fat that is sourced from liposuctions. “Self – Human Soap” is made from people for people.
Schuldfabrik is a multi-room parkour; a soap shop, a beauty clinic, a confessionary and a sustainable system of up-cycling guilt. The installation has several entrances yet no way out. In Schuldfabrik the collective obligation to remember is put into dialogue with the individual right to forget.
“Although you wash yourself with soap and use an abundance of cleansing powder, the stain of your guilt is still before me”.
Concept & Director: Julian Hetzel
Performers: Revé Terborg, Dr. Hennie Spronk, Orion Maxted
Performers Graz: Waltraud Brauner, Ulli Lang, Hrvoje Progorelic, Daniel Riedl
Dramaturg: Miguel Angel Melgares
Production Manager: Jasper Hupkens
Technical Director: Vincent Beune
Artistic Collaborator: Liza Witte
Maschine Artist: Hannes Waldschütz
Special Effects: Chaja Hertog
Production Assistant: Matthias Thünnerhoff
Design: Peim, Deimion van der Sloot
Photo: Ben and Martin Photography, Jenny Cremer
26 September 2016, Steirischer Herbst Graz (AT)
Commissioned by: Steirischer Herbst
Produced by: Ism & Heit
Co-produced by: Steirischer Herbst Graz SPRING Utrecht Noorderzon Festival Gronigen
Co-presentation: NXTSTP-Network supported by the Cultural Programm of the European Union