Based on intimate life stories, the lecture ‘Is there love in Berlin?’ proposes an existential reflection upon the strong dependence on love.
After collecting stories in the neighborhood of Neukölln, Rhodi invites the audience to a multimedia participatory lecture-performance about stories of love in Berlin.
Attempting to deconstruct patriarchal structures of power and oppression mechanisms, Rhodi applies the aesthetics of the ‘personal is political’ as an empowering creative tool.
For some weeks the artist met some residents of Berlin in order to talk about their stories. At the same period, Rhodi researched about historical stories of love that happened in the city. With the material, constituted by personal audios, pictures, videos and letters, the artist made a collage of the collected stories in order to develop the multimedia and participatory lecture performance. The work has a structure of a lecture. It takes one hour and half with a pause of 20 minutes. During the pause the audience can also take part sharing their own stories, answering by written the questions of a questionnaire Camila wrote, based on the collected themes during the research process.
Everything divided by themes and connected with excerpts of the American feminist author and social activist bell hookes’ book. The lecture-performance is compromised with personal and universal stories of love, touching on the compulsive drive to consume love as an expression of primal needs such as the need for care, nourishment, safety, belonging, emotional intimacy, and validation.
“A wonderful event, wholeheartedly thought and beautifully presented. You can feel the words coming out of Camila’s heart, and right into your own. Sehr zu empfehlen!!” M. Haten Hamdy