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Abend mit Madame Nielsen #1
Das Beckwerk, eine parallele Weltgeschichte – Re-enactment
Grüner Salon


Madame Nielsen's entire life's work unfurls around people, bodies and spirits as something not defined, as pure potential beyond identities and identifiability.

In 1963 a nameless human body was born and later christened with the name Claus Beck-Nielsen. Over 30 years this body lived as a boy, then as a young man, and even as a Dane. In 2001 he had his identity declared dead. Over the next ten years he lived as a nameless test subject in an enterprise called Das Beckwerk. During that time the board sent him on missions around the world, to areas in states of emergency in Iraq, the USA, Iran, Egypt etc. He was supposed to connect world history together with the people there, reminding people of the possibility of writing world history themselves. In 2010 Das Beckwerk was shut down. In 2013 the body finally turned into a female being that now calls itself Madame Nielsen, but still (non-)identifies itself through this as just one possibility.

On this first of three evenings in which Madame Nielsen performatively presents her entire life's work at the Volksbühne, she will hold a re-enactment of a 2010 lecture: An Actor in World History: The History of Das Beckwerk and its Interventions in Global Political Hot Spots. A Lecture with Photos and Videos.

The program GESCHICHTSMASCHINE is funded by the Federal Agency for Civic Education

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