Picture: Sibylle Berg & Claus Richter

Sibylle Berg & Claus Richter



Sibylle Berg & Claus Richter

Award-winning German writer Sibylle Berg will collaborate with artist Claus Richter to create an experimental puppet theatre, with daily performances exploring the sinister future of humankind

The Frieze Project Wonderland Ave.(2016), an experimental puppet theatre, is a first-time collaboration of writer Sibylle Berg and visual artist Claus Richter. Sibylle Berg is one of the most widely recognized contemporary female writers in the German-speaking world, and has been heralded as one of Germany’s most mind–provoking writers.  Berg’s commissioned play, will take as point of departure a test arrangement in the near-future where machines take over the control of humankind. Set in a holiday resort–like environment designed by Claus Richter, the play will feature a narrative, co-directed by the artists and highly acclaimed German director Sebastian Nübling, with actors and puppets in several parts plus musical breaks. The daily performance promises a critical, feminist but also humorous view on our ‘globalized & digitalized’ world and it societal changes.

The iconography and materials of Claus Richter’s relief-like pictures, sculptures, and theatrical installations hail from the world of toys, amusements and fantasy. He often focuses on historic playthings such as puppet shows, meticulously reconstructing them and activating them in his performances. Thoroughly reflective and unfailingly humorous, Richter’s works unmask the ‘lost world’ of childhood as escapism as a fictional construction, a ‘romantic’ notion that is always bound up with the commercial interests of others. Claus Richter’s work has been previously exhibited at Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (2014), Clages Gallery, Cologne (2013), Leopold Hoesch Museum, Düren (2010), and Archive für aktuelle Kunst, Frankfurt am Main (2007).