As part of the upcoming 14th Festival Internationale Neue Dramatik (F.I.N.D.) programme, Meat will be a 240 hour long theatre installation by director Thomas Bo Nilsson at the Berlin Schaubühne. The performance will take place from 3rd April over 10 days and feature over 60 actors living in an 600 m2 installation that can be visited at any time or viewed online via livestream. Serving as a preview for the show, film director Matt Lambert—head of art collective Bare Bones and Dazed & Confused collaborator—has created an official trailer with music by one of our favourite Berlin-based producers Lotic.
The upcoming piece takes inspiration from the story of Luka Magnotta, the Canadian pornographic actor and model accused of killing and dismembering Chinese international student Lin Jun in horrific circumstances in 2012. Magnotta was arrested at an Internet
café in Berlin whilst reportedly reading news about himself online.
Born Eric Clinton Kirk Newman, Magnotta was something of a pin-up boy, appearing in gay pornographic videos with occasional work as a stripper and male escort. Magnotta was convicted of fraud and impersonation in 2005, before legally changing his name in 2006, and is rumoured to have set up 70 Facebook pages and 20 websites all under different names. It is also claimed that he had an intimate relationship with with high-profile Canadian murderer Karla Homolka and is known to animal rights groups for allegedly uploading videos of himself killing kittens online.
Now Magnotta’s disturbing past and personality make for dark, fertile breeding ground for an immersive multilayered work by director and architect Thomas Bo Nilsson. Formerly creative director of Copenhagen-based theatre and art collective SIGNA, Bo Nilsson’s style is expected to reflect their trademark “performance installation” work, where the audience is invited “not only to visit and explore the extensive installations, but also to interact with and in some cases, impact them.”
Read an interview with director Matt Lambert on directorsnotes.com, keep
up-to-date on the F.I.N.D. season here.