In “SchmetterDINGE”, puppet artist Florian Feisel investigates the narrative potential of materials. The installation explores a collection of butterfly and beetle specimens. These insects of the Holometabola order all underwent a complete metamorphosis during their lifetimes, and once were pupa. In German, “Puppe” means both pupa and doll/puppet – this installation focuses on a collection of 2,756 fragments of porcelain dolls. They were salvaged by retired restorer Günter Mirbach from the former grounds of the Hertwig & Co. porcelain factory in Katzhütte, Thuringia. These body fragments of remainder and rejected dolls were dumped around 100 years ago, and spent the two World Wars buried under the earth.
The lecture-performance accompanying the installation provides, in a fascinating encounter set in a fictional scientific-theatrical research laboratory, the catalyst for an exploration of new associations.