Hysterical Loss, Phantasmagorical Lecture Performance, 2019
Featuring rats Anna O., Emmy von N., Lucy R., Katharina and Elisabeth von R.
Two stories unfold in a phantasmagorical performance-lecture drifting between hallucination, dream and scientific research. 1st: Year 2016, experiments on rats in University of Arizona show the uterus influences memory, specifically – short term data processing required for complex tasks such as learning, logic and navigation. 2nd: Year 1890, five of Freud and Breuer's hysterical patients reveal their innermost selves, generating a revolution in understanding the psyche's parts and its driving mechanisms. The paradigm by which the body is controlled by an organ which is a separate being with a will of its own — "like a living thing inside a living thing" – is disproved by psychoanalytic research.