HOW MANY MUST DROWN?
Between January and September 2016 more than 3000 people had drowned in the Mediterranean Sea, trying to reach Europe. Convinced that more people must know about this horrible fact, about this tragedy happening right at our front door, my friends and I spent ten hours walking through Berlin, hitting a gong every few seconds, to commemorate every single life that had been lost. We counted the sounds of the gong until we reached the number 3000. To inform the pedestrians walking by we handed them short info texts about our action and the facts that many main stream news channels were failing to provide.
Unfortunately, the number of people drowning in the Mediterranean Sea on their way to Europe has not stopped rising. We cannot look away.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE
‘Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.’
On 21 September 2016 I was invited to speak and perform at Berlin’s Friedensglocke (‘Peace Bell’). I gave a short speech and played a composition, both dedicated to the people who have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea on their way to Europe. Afterwards I was invited to strike the ‘Peace Bell’.