Poetic texts, stories, images and sounds emerge in the face of historical objects: Under the title "Speak to me!" More than 20 authors, poets, painters, draftsmen and musicians gathered in the Museum August Kestner. Inspired by the exhibition "Relationship Box - About Communication" they have laid the foundation for new works together. These will be presented at the upcoming "Festival of Cultures".
Members of the painting workshop of Kargah e. V. and the "Poetry Group", employees of "Welt-in-Hannover.de" as well as numerous other interested parties. The aim of the project: Participants should communicate with and inspire creativity with exhibits of their choice. At the start, curator and archeologist Anne Viola Siebert presented the group with the various aspects of the exhibition.
Forms of communication
One room dealt with the organic prerequisites of speech: "The development of the hyoid bone is the reason why humans can form words," Siebert explained using a centralized model of this part of the human body. All around were arranged further objects around the speech. Another section of the exhibition showed spiritual communication. "In every religion, the faithful speak with their gods," said the archaeologist. Accordingly, a historical Muslim prayer rug was to be seen, or reliefs that visualized ancient burnt offerings.
The Greek poet Homer also had his place in the exhibition. He captured the myths of his time through transcriptionalization, transporting them into the present. At the end of the exhibition, the group found themselves in a confined space. "Silence, too, is a form of communication - older couples may know it: you can hold your tongue for hours and say a lot," explained Siebert. The expressive painting "The widower" underlined the non-verbal communication. It showed family members expressing their feelings in the face of the wife's or mother's death without speaking.
"Nothing is perfect"
After the introduction, the artists dispersed around the museum to be inspired by the objects. Artist Hussein Mohamad had selected a small, finely modeled head of the ancient poet Homer as a source of inspiration. "I make pictures that are supposed to be beautiful, but where I always miss something: the eyes, the mouth or the ears, for example," he explained in the face of his sketch. In life, there were always aspects that went wrong - nothing was perfect - which is why he likes to work out this factor in his works.
Poet Gesa Elsner had not yet selected a specific object, but noted first ideas on her topic "Nothing is without language." "Everything we do is language and has a meaning," she explained. She explained the language concept on a meta-level: "Give and take, take and give - for example, a present - that's also language," she explained.
Anja Lutz wrote Haikus in the museum, a Japanese form of short poems. A coffee service, on which pictures of different life situations were to be seen, served as an inspiration: "I am interested in the idea that friends talk about the aspect of pleasure or the things depicted from a then foreign world - for example, that of a sultan - and their dreams talk, "she said.
Andreas Kühntopp drew in another room: "I have dealt with mummies, because I find the form of the figural representation and the hieroglyphs interesting," he explained. In addition, the history teacher has treated ancient Egypt with his students from the fifth grade. Thus, he used a small model of an Egyptian mummy sarcophagus as a source of inspiration.
Just next door, unusual for a museum, oriental melodies. Musician Ali Omar played on his stringed instrument, the oud, in front of objects showing ancient oriental cuneiform - one of the oldest forms of written language. This resulted in initial ideas for a primitive sounding composition, which he would like to develop further.
From now on the artists will have until 18 August to complete their work. Then they will be presented together at the Festival of Cultures.
The cover picture of Konrad Boidol shows the artist Hussein Mohammad.