From the Reformation to a Bomb Crater
„News from God solely through the ear“. Kluge’s multi-part textual and visual work links Luther’s „moderate iconoclasm“ with the modern era. This is the only performance during the #LutherLenin festival, where you will see images and words, but not hear anything. Kluge takes an opposite path to Luther in his deconstruction and re-contextualisation of historic scenes and quotes – for Luther images and actions belonged to the worldly creations, whereas only heard words established a connection with God’s mercy. We meet Jan Hus at the Council of Constance, the medieval criminal jurisdiction, we see Luther in a monk’s cell, soldiers in the First World War and the cells of the former East German prison in Luther’s city – Wittenberg, for which this piece was originally created.
(3-channel video installation, 20 min, in German with Czech subtitles)
Alexander Kluge is a lawyer, sociologist, author, film maker and TV producer and one of the most important artistic political voices in Germany. His literary and film works astutely interpret historical eras and give rise to new meanings. In the 1960’s Kluge was one of the co-founders of the German auteur film. And his „cultural windows“ on private TV stations in the 1980’s, with their montage of text and image and their playful fusion of fact and fiction, anticipated central developments in the internet and social media.