A writer? A prince of poets! From his youth, Peter Hacks, a man of letters from East Germany with West German heritage, styled himself as such. This was only possible with the help of his environment, which asserted and confirmed his rank in various ways. To this day! What’s the deal with all this talk of a genius and national poet? How can such construct still exist today? Jan Decker summarises his extensive research in a place that is often regarded as the pantheon of German poets. Jan Decker (*1977, Kassel) is a writer living in Vienna. He studied at the GERMAN INSTITUTE FOR LITERATURE in LEIPZIG. He has written more than 20 radio plays and features for ARD, DEUTSCHLANDRADIO and SRF. He has also written plays, novels, essays, and more. His work has been awarded the JOHANN GOTTFRIED SEUME LITERATURE PRIZE, among others. Jan Decker’s book Eckermann oder die Geburt der Psychoanalyse aus dem Geist Goethes was published in 2012 with illustrations by Kay Voigtmann. The audio installation is a co-production by DEUTSCHLANDFUNK KULTUR with KUNSTFEST WEIMAR and is available free of charge from the festival pavilion in the form of MP3 players, which can be borrowed for the duration of the KUNSTFEST.
KONZEPT, TEXT & REGIE — Jan Decker & Ingo Kottkamp MIT — N. N. KOPRODUKTION — DEUTSCHLANDFUNK KULTUR