The archive of (un)familiar things is a performative archive focusing on subjective experiences of inhabiting a contemporary city that are so common that they are often overlooked. It proposes an ecology of listening to the city in which we live, and listening to the activity of urban living. What does this activity entail, how are bonds formed with people, animals, objects, spaces and sounds that we encounter everyday, often without taking notice of them? And how could the storytelling of these subtle bonds influence dominant political and historical narratives? The archive of (un)familiar things proposes the activity of inhabiting -and the interrelations and multidimensionality that this activity implies- as a form of knowledge. This nomadic, participatory archive that grows with every city that we visit, aims at bringing to the foreground, practices of relating to the city space and to each other.
In Terni, the archive of (un)familiar things is inhabiting the International Performing Arts Festival. For the opening of the festival, we propose to turn CAOS, the festival’s main venue, into an archive of urban sounds. We invited participants to contribute a sound of Terni that they feel particularly attached to, to the archive of (un)familiar things. In a two-day workshop, we collected those sounds and will perform them during the Festival forming a choir of urban sounds.
Marialena Marouda works as an artist and researcher in the fields of performance art and choreography. Her work is focused primarily on the development of performance exercises, self-invented practices for relating to and for inhabiting spaces. The experimentation with walking, listening and storytelling as relational spatial practices forms the basis of her exercises. Marouda studied philosophy and visual arts at Columbia University in New York, USA (B.A., 2004) and continued her studies at the Institute for Applied Theater Studies at the University of Giessen, Germany (M.A., 2011).
Her current creation, “An archive of (un)familiar things”, had its premiere at the Frankfurt City Archive in October 2016. Other works include the “Dictionary of invisible work” (2016) which she initiated and authored in collaboration with Heike Bröckerhoff, Milka Ivanovska and Jasmina Zaloznik, “Poetry Exercises” (2014), “Walking in the city: on the poetics of space” (2013) and “Walking Exercises” (2011-2013). Marouda is currently an artist-researcher at the program for advanced performance and scenography studies (a.pass) in Brussels, Belgium.
Malte Scholz works as an actor and writer in open networks. His semi- documentary, often autobiographical, style aims at the fringes of theatre, performance and voice.
Scholz studied Theatre, Film and Media at the Goethe-University in Frankfurt and Applied Theatre Studies at the Liebig-University in Giessen, Germany (Diploma 2012). He founded the performance collective MONSTER TRUCK in 2005, from which he departed in 2007. Since then he is constantly working as solo-artist for many different kind of groups and directors. He is thoroughly known for his shows which he created with the Swiss director Boris Nikitin.