The German word Moritat deriving from the drawling sung pronunciation of Mordtat, i.e. deed
of murder means a street ballad with a simple melody that recounts some horrid occurrence or gruesome crime and
frequently ends with a moralizing admonition. Traditionally, it was accompanied by an accordion player who also showed pictures
to illustrate the sequence of events or particulars of the crime.
In Without Intent, Verena Brückner takes up this almost forgotten art form, presenting it as a performative installation
that combines different arts. For her project, she invited artists, male and female, who address the subject of cruelty in
their work. Eight writers produced texts, and eight painters visually interpreted these writings. Verena Brückner recites
them with a show of pictures and with accordion accompaniment.
With texts by Yosi Wanunu, Anna Mendelssohn, Sarah Kirsch, Florian Kmet, Verena Brückner, Gerald Zahn, Kae Uchihashi, Hans Platzgumer.
With pictures by: Wendelin Pressl, Nikolaus Gansterer, Letizia Werth, Isabella Schmidlehner, elffriede, Gerhard Veissmann,
Thomas Silvester Hörl, Heimo Wallner.
The master organ grinder Oliver Maar will round out the evening with things unexpected and unheard-of played on his hand organ
and portable barrel piano.