The title to this post is the slogan of the city of Munich’s 800 year anniversary which took place in 1958. The phrase was quoted by Augusto Corrieri during his compelling and provocative performative lecture today. 1958 also marked the (re)opening of Munich’s Residenz Theater after it was painstakingly disassembled and reassembled for fear that the building would be bombed during WWII.
Augusto presented us with two images of the theatre (before and after) and suggested that in the city’s act of claiming this space as an authentic 250 year old auditorium they effectively wrote out the devastation that was inflicted upon the city during the war. According to Corrieri the white space in between the two images invokes the words of W.G. Sebald, in that it signifies ‘life at the terrible moment of its disintegration’.
More information about Augusto Corrieri’s 4 part performance lecture series In Place of A Show can be found on his website alongside published writing and information about other performances: http://www.augustocorrieri.com/eng/inplaceofashow.html