The jury's motivation
What would happen if you could chose your own family? What kind of freedom would it create? Who would take care of whom?
"Konferenz der wesentlichen Dinge" (Conference of Essential Matters) from the German group Pulk Fiktion, is an interactive performance for an intergenerational audience. A group of 20 participants, consisting of children, teenagers, and adults, gathers around a table and begins to create their own rules for the encounter. Guided by audio instructions and two performers, participants discuss, vote, observe, test, and experience alternative concepts of family. Their roles constantly shift as they explore questions of kinship, responsibility and agency. "Konferenz der wesentlichen Dinge" is an experiment in democracy where everyone is equal regardless of their age.
Performed in English.
The participation is made possible with support from The Goethe Institute.