Abbaye de Neumünster, Luxembourg
The project Silentio Delicti (the silence of crime) was originally developed from the deconstruction of the Abbey Neumuenster's turbulent history. It tries to figure out as the space's possible definition, synthesizing the turbulent history of Europe. Situated in the oldest part of Luxembourg, it was first a religious place, than an hospital and finally a prison.These three fundamental former identities create the flow that circulates through the installation Silentio Delicti. The project compares the site's history and our time. It questions the experience of a catharsis, a possibility to overcome what Michel Foucault has defined as, "the technology of politicization of the body" in our society. Foucault described a complex system, rooted for centuries in our world which allows the human body to be used as a symbol of punishment. Going together and being used at the same time as a direct function for the economy of a nation. This system, which in its total excess produced the crimes of the Holocaust and whose healing has not yet been achieved. The concept of the work Silentio Delicti, especially created for the Abbey Neumuenster, has developed itself into the "technology of depoliticization of the body". It is a manifesto with a mission to free the human body of any nation, any economic system and of any political authority. The treaty of the manifesto took effect on the opening day of Silentio Delicti exhibition and should be symbolically completed in 2045, 100 years after the end of World War II.
© Filip Markiewicz
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