New Institute for Dramatic Writing


»Seduce! Strategies against Brutalization« gathers individual and collective voices – whether they come in the form of an anecdote, a linguistic analysis, a political activist motivation or written in blank verse. The apparatus of language shall be explored in the most diverse ways, according to the questions: How can we counter the current brutalization of language? What can we change? How can we act?

Seduce #6


* »in the world you will have tribulation« (john 16.33) * »it is the principle that does not fail, even when all other principles fail.«(niklas luhmann: ecological communication) * »he built a trap as his burrow. he set himself inside it, passed it off as a normal burrow.«(hannah arendt on heidegger: essays in understanding 1950-1973) * »Angstloch (fear hole)! please enter slowly!« (anonymous) i saw it sitting on the coatrack as i left the kitchen: a round, white being. i got

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Seduce #5


Read text in German. And yet another evening that the right wing populists could claim as their own, without even being there, without even having to be there. As soon as the word was dropped, everyone launched themselves at it – even though this should have been about something else. About a world out of tune and how to play on it. The answers to that: pushed aside, or put up against the wall? It’s as if we love to

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Seduce #4

Battling Images

Read text in German. We think in images. Thinking would be impossible without mental images. Without mental images there would be no memory. As writers we paint with language, no matter if our words are written for the stage, film or simply to exist inside our reader’s mind. Images, in turn, create feelings, emotions. Emotions move us. If the movement they create is strong enough, we act upon it. Yet, most of the time, these externally created emotions fizzle out

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Seduce #3

I’m breaking my word.

Read text in German. The intellect of these times yells: »Listen, you fools!« The feelings of these times batter and bellow: »Fear!« All dialogue stumbles and falls when the argument is nothing but an unintelligible feeling, when the argument is nothing but unfelt intellectual reasoning. But there you are, like a paradox: you most powerful semantic singularity: You, Fear. Where are Love and Desire and Comfort and Grief? Besides you, Fear? Fear, you stolen, raped, emotional word. You popularized and

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Seduce #2

Wiping History the Grin Off Its Face

Read text in German. In the linguistic understanding of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, one’s specific approach to the world, to reality, is determined by the use of a language. In short: language defines the way we think. »Good books are written in a kind of foreign language.« Marcel Proust In spite of its futuristic, almost extra-terrestrial appearance, the presence of this. Thing. Had nothing strikingly invasive or aggressive to it. On the contrary, it existed in a kind of tranquillity that

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Seduce! #1

Seduce! – Strategies Against Brutalization

Read text in German. Generated by right wing populist factions, an authoritarian language is being spoken. A language that delegitimizes, that goes and lowers down to face a degraded opponent. A language that cuts – cuts off and cuts out everything: people, thoughts, perspectives. And forces everyone through the lens that it cut out for them, turning a blind eye, the fist raised in the face of anyone who inordinately glances back. We know it as the language in the

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