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(c) Benno Seidel

Mats Staub

(Basel/Berlin)

Death and Birth in My Life

Studio 1 & Studio 2

Performance/Video

For more than ten years, Mats Staub has assembled his innumerable conversations with people into installations. For “Death and Birth in My Life”, he has conflated two people
to let them converse about deaths and births in their life, while he attends as an invisible companion. The audience simultaneously looks into the speaking and the listening face, while both people talk. The result is a conversation on things that we usually try to ignore. Looks provide solace and faces demonstrate compassion, for the partners do not directly react to the other’s stories, but rather answer with stories of their own. These personal narratives create a space for community, that allows emotions and is a home to listening itself.

Duration: approx. 140 min. (two clips + Pause)
Language: German and English
Mousonturm-co-production