Retracing the Steps of the Wolf in the Story of the Three Little Pigs
presented in geheime wOrte 2—Ein Literatur-Parcours entlang der Grenzen der Sprache und entlang der Stadtmauer, Veranstaltung im Rahmenprogramm zum Augsburger Hohen Friedensfest NIEMAND HAT DIE ABSICHT EINE MAUER ZU ERRICHTEN, Klostergarten, Augsburg 2015.
presented in PRIMORDIAL HOUSE AND THE LANDSCAPE OF MENACE at REFLEKTOR M / HUMAN NEEDS, in MONOPTEROS / ENGLISH GARDEN, München 2016
Without falling easily into naive notions of infantile separation anxieties the lecture goes through the genealogy of the formal wall and space-making in the story of Three Little Pigs and explores the ways we might interrupt the automatic narrative of architecture, animality, civility, and sublimity.
The lecture talks about the beginning of settling, metaphysics of architecture, being at home, narrative animals, and the story of building in general—a gesture of reading that carefully transforms "a" story into "set" of stories. The contradictions between dwelling humanity and nomadic grave-hunting are symbolically structured among other sub-narratives in the story of Three Little Pigs. By assuming that the story is older than its written record in the sixteenth century the lecture goes after the origins of architecture in the story as pure metaphysics and asks for the animal without narrative. Are primitive origins of metaphor lying in the figurative realm of fables? By reverse metaphorization of the presented concepts the performance listens to that which is readable and not-readable in the story of inventing architecture and how the space of the home suppresses its own addressability.