Symposium "Who's Talking?"

Symposium „Who’s Talking?“

The symposium „Who’s Talking? On Performing Objects and Their Voices“ took place on 31st July 2021 10am–7pm CEST with more than 60 international participants. Five panels brought performing artists and scholars together discussing questions in the field of museum work and transculturality.

The proceedings of the symposium will be integrated into the online exhibition.


In the symposium „WHO’S TALKING? On Performing Objects and Their Voices“ the participating artists discussed their approaches, research questions and results with scholars and the audience. A special focus was on the topic of potentials of artistic research as a research method within theatres and museums.

The artworks are presented within the online exhibition.

9:00 am

Start of the Symposium

10:00 am

Welcome Remarks The Project „Who’s Talking?“ and How It Came into the World | Antonia Napp, Stephan Schlafke

10:30 am
11:15 am


11:30 am

Panel Discussion Folk Iron Rod Puppet Play in China | Shasha Li

From the Museum Stage to the Living Stage: Tracing a 100-year Family Puppet Tradition from Lübeck back to Taiwan | Robin Ruizendaal

Discussion Moderation: Caroline Chia

In Chinese with English translation

12:30 am

Lunch Break

1:30 pm

Video Input „La fête au village“ – An Encounter between Malian Puppets in Lübeck and the Compagnie NAMA in Bamako

Talk Yacouba Magassouba
Moderation: Mandy Okereke

In French with English translation

2:15 pm


2:30 pm
3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Artistic Conversation Moving the Depot. Who Is Dancing?
Irina Demina, Jessica Nupen

Discussion Moderation: Antonia Napp

4:30 pm


4:45 pm

Short Wrap-Up

5:00 pm


Virtual Get-Together

(via Spatial.Chat)

5:30 pm

Virtual Tour Through the Depot

6:30 pm

Virtual Tour Through the Construction Site at the Alley of Kolk


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The Collection KOLK 17

The collection KOLK 17 has not been on public display since 2018, as the exhibition rooms are being extensively renovated. The approx. 20,000 different theatrical artifacts from Europe, Asia and Africa have been stored in the depot for over three years.

Little or nothing is known about the figures of non-European provenance. From April 2021 on, KOLK 17 opened the depot for the first time with the project WHO’S TALKING? for international and diverse performing artistic approaches.


Figurentheater & Museum

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KOLK 17 gGmbH
Figurentheater & Museum

Beckergrube 38-52
23552 Lübeck

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Kirchhof St. Petri
23552 Lübeck

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Geschäftsführende Museumsdirektorin

Dr. Antonia Napp


Stephan Schlafke