is an audio play created by Katrin Albrecht & Marie von Heyl
sound design by Erik Medeiros.
Deutsche Bank Award for Fine Art 2013
Affairs is an audio play that borrows the format of a radio soap opera. The story is set in a ficticious conference centre and is narrated from the viewpoint of an object.
Is of unknown origin and use but has been around for some time. A misanthrope with philosophical tendencies, it comments on the events that it gets caught up in. Although being conscious and sometimes even showing human qualities such as jealousy or nostalgia (which it would never admit) it remains passive and without agency, an observant.
Elderly lady, collects figurines and knick knack passionately, but without any sophisticated tactic. Purchased the object via eBay years ago, following a hunch. Over the years her hope that it might turn out to be valuable slowly grew into conviction and now she wants to make a real job of it.
Chef, runs the canteen of the conference centre. Was kidnapped by the much older Hardy twenty years ago, when she was a young and beautiful woman, developed Stockholm Syndrome and eventually married him. Now she is a middle aged and practical person. Occasionally grows nostalgic about the past, especially about the strength and determination that her husband used to show but is lacking now.
Persephone’s husband and helper in the kitchen. Old and feeble, walks on crutches. Used to run a business, the funeral parlour Cradle&Son which he had to give up due to his growing unease of having to deal with dead people and their relatives. Obsessed with his health, convinced vegetarian and afraid of anything that reminds him of death. Never leaves the kitchen. Persephone is his only connection to the world.
Dr. Carl Copper
A formerly well respected archeologist, preeminent in his field. His engagement with ancient artefacts lead him to believe that science doesn’t exhaust objects and developed theories that weren’t taken seriously in the scientific community. Lost his reputation and eventually his wife Rosanna. Now he lives and works in the conference centre, a self claimed “expert” who hovers about the changing congresses and fairs, eager to share his doubtful theories.
Chemist from Italy, committed scientist, specialised in age determination of ancient artefacts. Daughter of a mentally fragile mother and a father who made a living out of house sitting and his ability to talk to the dead. Developed an aversion for anything metaphysical and only takes the measurable for facts. Met Dr.Copper some 10 years ago at an excavation in Rome, where they instantly fell in love an got married. Divorced him when he lost his reputation as a serious scientist but never got over him.