“Writing” by Marcel Beyer

A creative essay by acclaimed author Marcel Beyer for the catalog of the German Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Art Biennale.

Beyer’s creative essay, which accompanied a mysterious art performance on the roof of the German Pavilion in Venice, examines the impact of aviation – especially helicopter footage in cinema – on the perspective of the writer’s inner eye, taking detours to Vladimir Nabokov’s childhood, a Hollywood stunt accident, and the handwritten manuscripts of Claude Simon.

Scope
1 essay
Duration
1 month
Quote from Translation
“We have taken shelter on the rooftop and are waiting for the helicopter. Relentlessly rising floodwaters surround us, the aliens are in hot pursuit, the enemy troops are combing the neighbourhood, the zombies are already climbing the stairs. We scan the skies but we cannot make out the helicopter. Spots on the horizon dissolve into nothingness, one after the next: a bird, a bee, a butterfly. We prick up our ears. No propeller sounds. Only the swish of water, the moan of the undead, gunshots close by. We have no way of knowing which direction it will come from.”
Bibliographic Details
Beyer, Marcel. “Writing.” In: Florian, Ebner, ed. FABRIK:German Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, 2015