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abandoned position 

by Sebastian Hirn

a performance-based video installation on the causes and repercussions of the 2003

invasion of Iraq

Departing from interviews that Sebastian Hirn und Lisa Hörstmann conducted with various individuals involved in the conflict, they developed a mix of performance and video installation offering a different perspective on the historical developments. Statements by activists that travelled to Iraq in early 2003 in order to prevent the war are correlated with memories and assessments of Iraqis and Arab experts as well as American Iraq war veterans.

In a combination of fine and performing art, dance and music, the piece attempts to show developments starting with the reorientation of American foreign policies after the collapse of the Soviet Union through neo-conservative thinks tanks and ending in the current political situation.



by Sebastian Hirn and Lisa Hörstmann with Aziz Dyab, Ole Heinzow, Freya Herrmann, Constanze Knapp, Niko de Paula Lefort, Geir Angell Øygarden, Nanna Stigsdatter Mathiassen, Ina Tempel, Julia Turbahn and the Embassy Singers

The performances are mainly in English and partly in German.


Friday, 17 January 2020, 7pm
Saturday, 18 January 2020, 7pm
Sunday, 19 January 2020, 7pm
Tuesday, 21 January 2020, 7pm
Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 7pm

Kunsthaus Bethanien, Berlin 

Funded by Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa and Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and supported by netinsiders. Media partner: Exberliner.

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