Kneeling and Streetwashing is an audio documentary and performance about representations of historical violence and kitsch in common spaces. The play begins as a fictional conversation among a group of cultural workers and city officials tasked with addressing the statue of the Kneeling and Streetwashing Jew installed at Albertinaplatz, Vienna, within Alfred Hrdlicka’s Monument against War and Fascism. Over six chapters the focus expands to include personal narrative and re-imagined conversations, reflections on the city and this space within it: what has taken place here and what might still be possible?
Kneeling and Streetwashing, Broadcast: o94 Kultur-Spezial, Radio Orange, 94.0, Vienna, June 26, 2015
(excerpt above, edited with footage from research)
Staged reading: Depot, Vienna, June 15, 2015, 55 minutes
Play by Asa Mendelsohn
Direction and sound editing by Fred Schmidt-Arenales
Read by Tal Adler, Jelena Kaludjerović, Veronica Lion, Takeo Marquardt, Asa Mendelsohn, and Laura Unger
Also featuring the voice of LRL
Supported by a Fulbright Fellowship
Earlier version staged at WUK Projektraum, Vienna, February 3, 2015 (feat. Tal Adler, Anna Barfuss, Franz Kapfer, Veronica Lion, and Anna Mendelssohn)
Jewish Renaissance Boxing Club - Vienna, Free queer feminist boxing lessons and public programs, produced by Wienwoche, Vienna, September 24 - 29, 2015. Collaboration with Tatiana Kai-Browne, Zsuzsi Flohr, and Veronica Lion
To Lepperova from Kunsthalle, Performance: Kunsthalle Wien, April 26, 2015.
Written and performed by Asa Mendelsohn and Fred Schmidt-Arenales for Destination Wien. Catalogue.
Memorial and Revision, featuring curatorial project and related writing hosted by Open Systems: here.