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(...) The word "Paradise" originates from the persian word ‚enclosure‘. It was further modulated in it‘s meaning by the greeks to ‚park, zoological garden‘, so it can be translated into a ‚fenced garden‘ where humans live free from fear and worries. The biblical ‚Fall of Man‘ is from a psychological point of view equal to a recognition of the personal self. The consciousness of having a will was the cause of expulsion from Eden. The expulsion is final and irreversible, even when the wish for it stays life long. It becomes an Utopia.

The video installation "Paradise“ placed in entrance foyer shows films on the round windows over the doors. In these films people of various religions, cultures from all over the world explain their idea of Paradise. Three questions were asked:

- what do you know about paradise?
- what is paradise for you?
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where is paradise?

The persons were supposed to answer spontaneously, without dwelling on.

Paradise as personal happieness, says the theory. In practice the ideas of paradise look like a bit more terrestial and much less utopical. Many of the persons interwieved by Karina Smigla-Bobinski, believe they found paradise and not necessarily very afar, in spite of the fact, that they themselves, do not have the reason to suppose to live in paradise. The longer one listens to the interviews the more an impression appears that the picture of paradise is very strongly bound on Here and Now. Thereby certain resemblances appear despite the different religions. Paradise means for many of them their home, the family, the profession. It can also be a spiritual place, the childhood‘s garden, that one visits to fill up forces. Or, for example a house in Gaza Strip, not existing any more, only a key left, kept like a relic. It is often a home town, many associate it with a sea, sun and palm trees. They yearn for places where the poors of the world eke out their miserable existence. But this accurs in their dreams just as little as the high cost of living in the own town. (...)

© Videoinstallation in Statetheatre at the Gärtnerplatz for 850-year anniversary of Munich by Hanne Weskott, München, 2008






A production of Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz
Supported by Magic Event- & Medientechnik GmbH

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WORMHOLE
AQUARIUM
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DREAM JOURNEY
RESURFACING
CONVERSATION
WATER CLOCK
SEE AND BE SCENE
PICTURA MAGICA
BREATH
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