"AUFGELÖST", German for "dissolved"

Multi-hour project in public space

In an interweaving of reality and fiction, AUFGELÖST brings the private and extremely taboo subject of death into public. The project takes the final dissolution of a household after the death of a person as an opportunity to reflect performatively on the themes of dissolving, transience and new beginnings.

Suddenly, a person is no longer there. What remains is an intimate world of legacies that bear the traces of a time lived. The household contents of a flat that is being dissolved due to a death are transported to the performance venue by a removal company, unloaded and taken away again at the end of the performance.

In the improvisational performance, which lasts several hours, a fictional world is unfolded by means of action, speech and sound, asking who this deceased person could have been and what meaning the things of her household could have had for her. Her true identity is not revealed. A surreal field of tension is created between performer and imaginary person - a mesh of true and imaginary stories, of reflection on death, the world of things and people.

Through the large-scale spreading of the legacies in an individual order, an expansive performance-installation is established that interweaves with a busy square in urban space.

"Daniel Ernesto Müller improvises the biographical episodes and family anecdotes on the basis of his direct confrontation with the items that are on show. This approach may be what gives AUFGELÖST its authenticity, charm and profound humanity."
Sandra Nuy, in Sandra Nuy_What remains.

DATES 2023:
Friday, 15. September, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday, 22. September, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.,
Saturday, 14. Oktober, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
followed by an audience discussion / moderated by Lothar Kittstein

VENUE: Neumarkt, Cologne

Funded by the conceptual support from the City of Cologne, the top-level funding from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Kunststiftung NRW and „Gemeinsame Stiftungen Geschwister Abelen und Karl Bau“.

PREMIERE: September 2022, Cologne


part of
AUSSER_ORDENTLICH, Grafikdesign: Steffen Missmahl


AUFGELÖST in Cologne, 9 min.


AUFGELÖST in Cologne, 75 min.

What remains
a text by Sandra Nuy about AUFGELÖST