a performative installation made in the frame of Play!Leipzig Festival
created & performed by: Hermann Heisig
Production: Hermann Heisig with play!Leipzig Festival(www.playleipzig.de) and Tanzarchiv Leipzig e.V. thanks to Andrea Lorz and Anne Zacho Søgaard
Length: one day
"Kaufhaus Ury" was a temporary installation which took place at Wilhelm Leuschner-Platz, a spot where once one of the largest department stores in Leipzig was located: Kaufhaus Ury. The memory of this department store is deleted several times: through ENTEIGNUNG of the jewish Ury Family in 1938, through the destruction of the building in the second world war and through the change of the site into a mixture in between parking space, bike lane and wasteland after the war.
Using old maps, the installation reconstructed on site the floor plans of the original Ury Department store and generated in this way a spatial juxta-position between past and present. The public would move through todays public space following the plans of the vanished building. A major part of the performance are practical problems resulting from the fact that the former main entrance of the department store is today a bunch of trees at the edge of the street, the main staircase a parking lot, the leather depart-ment a bike lane. Through dealing with these obstacles the public was invit-ed to witness an exterminated past as a spacial resistance in the here and now.