The Pentagon project will be implemented for the first time in October 2021 as part of DENKRAUM DEUTSCHLAND. The title plays with the double symbolism of the pentagon: as centuries-old fortress architecture, it signifies defense, as a long-standing symbol for the person who perceives herself/himself as a whole in the surrounding world, it stands for reflection. I think both aspects together...
DENKRAUM DEUTSCHLAND was founded in 2019 by Miro Craemer and will take place for the third time at the Pinakothek der Moderne. The motto this year is: feminine.
Dates: October 2nd - 10th (opening times of the exhibition and times for the Pentagon-Performances to be announced) Photos by Katharina Kreye will be presented in the context of the Pentagon-Project (see below)
Map of the Pentagon in urban space
Eight women with quite different backgrounds who currently live in Munich have wandered to various objects: a sculpture, an entrance gate, a mirror on a house wall and an old fountain, a pair of shoes in a tree or a memorial plaque. I selected the motifs in advance together with the artist Rasha Ragab; the women were confronted with their motive immediately and wrote short texts about it: 5 minutes without censorship. 17 texts were created in this way, all of them touching, fragile word-creations.
Such writing acts are radical interruptions: firstly in terms of the unexpected view of the public space, secondly through encountering one's own words. One of the women told me that she was afraid of her own words, of the chaos in her brain becoming visible, but when she read it, she found it no longer frightening, but beautiful.
For each of the 17 texts I develop a speech-act-composition which will be presented in different chronological sequences during the exhibition. The intention is to make the subjective observations of the women audible, but also to intensify sensitivity for words as semantic-acoustic phenomena and to enlarge the performative possibilities that can be given to words. The short cuts invite the audience to listen, associate and perceive actively.
The photographer Katharina Kreye accompanied the work in the outdoor pentagon. Portraits of the participating women will be presented in the exhibition.
Participnats: Adriana Alfano, Alina Desler, Newsha Djavadipour-Sagari, Christine von dem Knesebeck, Lucie Meier, Seyda Nuzhat Sabrina Nabila, Laura Sunj, Sinem Yilmaz
Photo: Katharina Kreye. Tomma Galonska and Newsha Djavadipour-Sagari (left) during their work in the outer Pentagon
The Pentagon project is funded by the Kulturstiftung der Stadtsparkasse Munich and the Cultural Funding of the District of Upper Bavaria.
The project would not be feasible without the help of many supporters. Special thanks go to the artist Rasha Ragab.
For valuable support during the research in the outer Pentagon we thank: Loic Masson, Fremdspracheninstitut München (FIM); Anselm Bilgri, Akademie der Muße; Eva-Maria Matzke, Diakoniewerk; Dr. Lothar Ebbertz, Bayerischer Brauerbund e. V.; Klaus Becker, Presse Referat TUM.