Sampling the Stasi with a GPS device in Berlin. Rimini Protokoll's 50 Aktenkilometer and the recent German past

Barnett, David (2015) Sampling the Stasi with a GPS device in Berlin. Rimini Protokoll's 50 Aktenkilometer and the recent German past. In: Birgfeld, Johannes, Garde, Ulrike and Mumford, Meg (eds.) Rimini Protokoll Close-Up: Lektüren. Forum für deutschsprachiges Drama und Theater in Geschichte und Gegenwart, 5 . Wehrhahn, Hanover, pp. 94-114. ISBN 9783865254542

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Abstract

This essay considers Rimini Protokoll’s audio tour 50 Aktenkilometer (50 Kilometers of Files), a piece that allowed a mobile audience to listen to audio files about the East Ger-man Stasi while walking through the streets of Berlin-Mitte in 2011. The tour included a broad range of aural material, ranging from Stasi victims reading from files compiled about themselves in the German Democratic Republic (GDR), to authentic extracts from a Stasi telephone centre and interviews with those affected by the Stasi. The essay asks what the project and its diversity of documentary and first-hand sources sought to achieve with its use of its everyday ›experts‹, and whether its treatment of the Stasi as GDR institution could be considered politically problematic.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater > PN2100 History > PN2131 By period > PN2181 Modern > PN2193 Special topics, A-Z > PN2193.E86 Experimental theatre
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Depositing User: David Barnett
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2015 12:12
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2015 12:12
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/53785
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