Philipp Lachenmann: DELPHI Rationale


Infamous Perspectives

25.02.2013, Berlin | In 1999, two parents murdered both their children in a hotel room in Aalst (Belgium). In court, they said: “We only wanted what was best for them.” Both parents were declared criminally liable and sentenced to life imprisonment. Is it possible to put yourself into the shoes of such extreme figures? Can we see things from the perspective of people and figures whose actions we disapprove of? When is it helpful or necessary to take this perspective? When is it helpful or necessary to take this perspective and why do insights into crimes fascinate reader and theatre- and cinemagoers?

Infamous Perspectives

These questions are examined by the !KF – Institute for Artistic Research in its project INFAMOUS PERSPECTIVES, which will start with an experiment in March 2013. On March 4–17, 2013, visitors can conduct a self-experiment: in an installation, they will speak the roles of the parents in court, which are recorded in Aalst, a documentary drama by Pol Heyvaert and Dimitri Verhulst.
The highlight of the project will be the premiere, on October 24, 2013, of a play that documents the process and results of the experiment in the form of a theater production. On October 25–27, 2013, a public symposium will be held with members of occupational groups that need to deal with and figure out infamous perspectives in their professional capacities: lawyers, psychiatrists, criminologists, writers and actors, literary and art historians use their own different strategies to judge, treat, describe, present or simply understand the holders of such perspectives.

Since its establishment, the Ernst Schering Foundation has actively promoted works at the interface of art and science. INFAMOUS PERSPECTIVES is an outstanding example of an interdisciplinary research project conducted by both artists and scientists. In addition, the project provides the theater audience, the test subjects of the experimental video installation as well as the symposium participants with the opportunity to test and analyze the research findings “first-hand.”

Infamous Perspectives – Theater Experiment and Symposium

Part 1: The Experiment
March 4–17, 2013, daily 2–7 p.m.

Uferstr. 8/23
13357 Berlin

Tickets: 7 €, discounted tickets: 4 €. Free admission for participants in the experiment.
Participants need to register (2 visitors per hour) at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at +49 (0)163-72 9388 80

March 18, 2013, 8 p.m.

First impressions and experiences of the experiment will be discussed with the participants in the forum of artistic research per.SPICE!

Sophienstr. 18
10178 Berlin
Free admission.

Part 2: Play and Symposium
October 24–27, 2013

Sophienstr. 18
10178 Berlin
For tickets, call +49 (0)30-283 52 66 or stop by at any of the usual ticket offices. The box office opens two hours prior to the scheduled event.

For more information, please contact the Ernst Schering Foundation by phone at +49 (0)30-20 62 29 60 or visit

A production by !KF – Institut für künstlerische Forschung and a rose is in cooperation with Sophiensæle and kindly supported by Uferstudios. The project is made possible by Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Ernst Schering Foundation and Rudolf Augstein Stiftung.



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