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Het Gebouw

“The most beautiful thing about my burrow is the stillness. Of course, that is deceptive.“ 

Silas Neumann, Wieger Steenhuis, Ward Meijer 

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Kafka’s short story “The burrow” is a parable about a society that creates anxieties by the attempt to control them.  

Kafka wrote the story six months before his death, in poor health. It was published years later by his friend Max Brood. In the adaption of Silas Neumann and Wieger Steenhuis, diary notes are combined with fragments of the original story and complemented by soundscapes and compositions by Ward Meijer.  

The combination of scale models and new media allows the audience to experience the story within a minituarized landscape using VR glasses. And maybe they will start questioning their own perception as well, just like the main character does. This special combination of disciplines facilitates a captivating journey in the spirit of Kafka. 

credits

analog: Silas Neumann
digital: Wieger Steenhuis
audio: Ward Meijer
illustration campaign image: Yoko Heiligers 
photography: VeenstraVisueel