In the frame of this evening dedicated to the topic of tears and mourning, the artist Magali Dougoud and the writer Gesine Palmer will exchange on loss, remembering, weeping and fluids.
The discussion will take place after the projection of the video‚'Le Continuum Bleu‘ by Magali Dougoud and a talk by Gesine Palmer.
Beyond the enchanting image of its literal meaning, the expression Vale of Tears is related in the Christian tradition with the suffering path of life that one has to endure before dying; as to be observed in the homonymous monumental 19th century painting by Gustave Doré.
However, the French understanding of “Vallée de larmes” is commonly dominated by a description of the skin lines formed by the passage of tears under the eyes, and notably used in the plastic surgery jargon. Whether a physical quality or a path of life, this title gives the tone for the evening.
The artist Magali Dougoud and the writer Gesine Palmer will exchange on mourning, remembering, weeping and fluids. The discussion will take place after the projection of the video ‚Le Continuum Bleu‘ by Magali Dougoud and a talk by Gesine Palmer.
Le Continuum Bleu’ connects together all the womxn whose paths and bodies have crossed the rivers and canals of the city of Berlin. They died and were killed there but their bodies and minds have risen together to form an original memory that joins distant pasts and potential futures.
A new population has emerged from these losses and the violence they carry: the Womxn Waves. According to scientists, they have forgotten to silence one of the X chromosomes in their DNA, altering their identity and changing their shape. By reclaiming the sounds, textures and intervals of their voices they started to rebel. Once the water contained in their bodies merged with the one that contained them, they were ready to build a common body for the uprising. In a poetic approach and a narrative aesthetic close to speculative fiction, Magali Dougouds video questions the intrinsic violence of societies, mostly the one directed against womxn, and correlates it with the domination exercised by humans over nature.
What will we reconstruct together from all our losses? What does it mean to cry? What are tears made of? Why do emotional tears differ from tears caused by onions? What are their purposes and how do they define us individually, collectivity, as a society?
Theologist, author and eulogy speaker Gesine Palmer unravels these and other questions through the prism of history, mythology and philosophy. Through a careful analysis of social representations, she reveals our relationship to tears and mourning highly gendered up until today. During this evening and in resonance with the projection of ‚Le Continuum Bleu‘, Gesine Palmer is invited to open the theme of crying as a form of resistance against loss and as an indicator for physical reality as well as an element regulating social life in the grieving process.
English, German, French
VALE OF TEARS is part of the project CLOUDS ON CLEAR SKY, a series of events and performances on finitude, death and grief
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- 2 hours