Episode #19: Eivind Haugland reads "About not leaving reality in peace"

In this episode you will hear dramaturg Eivind Haugland read his text About not leaving reality in peace.

During the last couple of years, it has become obvious how the poetry and uniqueness of art disappear when the media read it too literally. One tendency is to ridicule or attack art by taking the elements out of their context and reducing them to their simpler expression, to a mere description. Furthermore, these simplified narratives can be power tools in the public debate about art.

Eivind Haugland works as a dramaturg at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe. We invited him to reflect upon these issues from his position of being Norwegian and living and working in Germany. In a time when artistic freedom is under pressure, we would like to investigate the value of art as a space of fiction. How do we differentiate fiction and reality, poetic spaces and space for interpretation? Starting with the lockdowns in Germany and Norway, Haugland writes about how stories about the arts are dealt with in the media and in the cultural institutions themselves.

"About not leaving reality in peace" is a commissioned text published in Black Box teater Publication #6.

NB: This episode is in English.

Published 20 March 2021.