Auch Peter Stein war schon für seine schwarzen Socken bekannt.
Konrad Kästner’s research project “Das Material” was to have its premiere in Bielefeld last Friday. Until the rehearsals were cancelled and the cancellation, which, like many others, affected this theatre project, they were occupied with the miraculous self-reproduction of money in financial capitalism. In order to find out the secret, Kästner and his team gambled in the casino of financial bets and risk transactions – the stake, piled up from personal pockets, consisted of 100 Euros. “It can’t be long before this collapses”, Kästner said, shaking his head, while still at the “Chaosmos” construction trial in Bremen (see blog entry of 29.01.) and meant less the profit he and his team had made until then than the financial system that made it possible. However, pushed by a few bats in China, things went faster than expected and Johannes Kreidler’s composition “Charts Music” (the version by Ensemble Mosaik is recommended on YouTube), in which he – also a feXm artist by the way – musically set the general decline of the stock market against the simultaneous profits of Heckler & Koch in 2008, has found new relevance. Not surprisingly, today there are also those who make money from this. Timo Klinger, twenty-four, from Sandhausen near Heidelberg, who until three months ago sold carnival articles – one could say that he worked in the cultural sector in the broadest sense of the word -, courageously changed his previous field of activity and secured several thousand breathing masks from China in January. By selling them on the net at thirty times the price he had previously sold them, he became a millionaire within twenty-four hours. Bridgewater Associates, on the other hand, hardly counts among the field of up-and-coming start-ups. As the world’s largest hedge fund, the company bet 14 billion dollars on the money market last week on the demise of Europe’s largest companies. But the manufacturers of toilet paper should not rejoice too soon. Their new products will pile up on the shelves for months if everyday life (will it?) should have returned to halfway normal at some point. But what does a theatre director (Konrad Kästner) do, who has nothing more to do, since the theatre world has gotten into the greatest possible disorder? He shifts to the compulsive substitution of order in his own rented apartment. For each of the three cancelled “Chaosmos” performances in Halle, the team wants to provide a small cinematic equivalent, this is the second and the link to it can be found → here.