Osterspaziergang von Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, NSK Folk Art Biennale, Trbovlje, 2018

OSTERSPAZIERGANG VON JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE

After the performance "Osterspaziergang von Johann Wolfgang von Goethe" was first shown at the "Rundgang" of the Academy of Fine Art, Leipzig in 2018, I had the honour to show it again at the "NSK Folk Art Biennale" in Trbovlje, Slovenia. The performance took place on the legendary mount Kum.

Six performers stand in a circle/hexagram and throw a bright-green raw egg in a clockwise direction from person to person. When the egg breaks, without delay, a robotic voice recites the final line of Goethe's Osterspaziergang, Faust I: „Hier bin ich Mensch, hier darf ich's sein!“ (transl.: „Here I am Man, here dare it to be!”). Thereafter, a Faux Queen, who is standing in the middle of the circle/hexagram on a low plinth, dressed in a traditional German Dirndl and carrying a basket full of bright-green eggs, throws a new egg to the person who dropped the previous one. The performance finishes when all the eggs from the basket are broken.

© Johanna Maj Schmidt 2020