Berlin, Heizhaus Uferstudios, 1.-30. September 2017


If you’re sick, you get yourself something: human help, institutional support or substances. Pharmaceutics is a practice that deals with drugs, both curative and poisonous ones. If you’re tired of too much reality, you might trip on mushrooms, drink the Ayahuasca elixir, or go to the theater. Pharmakon is the ancient Greek name for all of that: poisons, remedies and potions. Pharmakos instead is the sacrifice, a scapegoat. At the exact same time theater was created, humans in Southern Europe were ritualistically sacrificed, either as a means of prevention or whenever something went wrong. This act kept the order of the community intact. Now we’re witnessing the end of the age of man. Cybernetics and robotics, post-colonialism, queer theory, new materialism; there are many names for these theories and practices. For four weeks, we will celebrate the human as a scapegoat, as Pharmakos that has always been Pharmakon: both a poison and a cure. We’ll compose an elegy with four artistic contributions and perform one verse every Thursday. Tuesday is the day of Pharmakofictions with lecture performances, rituals and talks. We’ll open with a victim laid, celebrate Rosh Hashana and close with an anything but religious Thanksgiving feast. Pharmakos/n is the final installment to our series of apparatuses that invites you to help us let visions become reality.

We began in 2014 by praising illusion with a hymn to fungus and mycorrhiza. In 2015, we continued forward with the resonance, resilience and persistence of matter and of things that we produce and leave behind. “DRECK: EIN APPARAT“ was dirty and glamorous, an involuntary archive and manifesto for a ’New Materialistic Theater.’ Both apparatuses dealt with ecologies of theater and with the activity of matter, be it produced by humans or not. The third apparatus will materialize in the second half of 2017 at Berlin’s Uferstudios, this time dedicated to the human in its ambivalent position as one thing among many, as a historical construct of humanism, as the secular remains of the ’pride of creation’ and as an agent for the better representation of reality. We will approach the human through the unfathomable ritual of ’pharmakós’ and the ambivalent significance of the ’pharmakón.’ In the sacrificial offering for purification, ’pharmakós,’ the human is turned into a ’pharmakón.’ We address this turning point through humanist narrative, sing its praise in an elegy, celebrate it, and send it off, thus making space for a different narrative.

1. September 2017, 8.30 pm
with a lecture by Georg Dickmann, and a festival with music

5. September 2017, 8.30 pm
Pharmakofiction by apparatus

7. September 2017, 8.30 pm
Elegie (I) by Anta Helena Recke und Julia*n Meding

12. September 2017, 8.30 pm
Pharmakofiction by Melanie Jame Wolf

14. September 2017, 8.30 pm
Elegie (II) by Hacklander\Hatam

20. September 2017, 8.30 pm
Pharmakofiction by Ariel Efraim Ashbel and friends

21. September 2017, 8.30 pm
Elegie (III) by Hysterisches Globusgefühl

26. September 2017, 8.30 pm
Pharmakofiction by Florian Feigl

28. September 2017, 8.30 pm
Elegie (IV) by Sara Mikolai & Tara Transitory

30. September 2017, 8.30 pm
with all artists
and Somatopharmaka by Daniel Bernhard Cremer


Lecture by Georg Dickmann