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Suicide

Panel & Screening

Time 7:30 p.m.
Ticket 10/6 Euro (incl. exhibition)
Language German

With Monika Basqué . psychologist and psychological psychotherapist Diana Doko . founder of the association Freunde fürs Leben e.V. (friends for life) Thomas Macho . cultural scholar and director of the IFK (International Research Center for Cultural Studies, Vienna) Andres Veiel . film and theater director, author
Moderator Marcus Jauer . journalist and author.

Followed by a screening of the film Die Überlebenden (the survivors) . 1996 . 1h 30 m . by Andres Veiel

Room 317, a bathtub in a Geneva hotel room, still filled with water.The junior suite of the Beverly Hilton, and a table bearing leftovers from someone’s last meal. Both images show places of death: that of CDU politician Uwe Barschel (1987), and that of US pop star Whitney Houston (2012). Both scenes were restaged and artistically reinterpreted by Thomas Demand based on photographs that had been published in the media. Neither of the two pictures shows a body—the deceased are not depicted. Badezimmer (1997) and Junior Suite (2012) are part of the current exhibition The Last Image . Photography and Death at C/O Berlin and are exemplary of the iconographically significant sites of unexplained events of suicide. For diverse reasons, the topic of suicide is highly taboo in society up to the present day. Panel members Monika Basqué, Diana Doko, Thomas Macho and Andres Veiel will debate and discuss the topic from a cultural historical, psychological, and artistic perspective, with moderation by Marcus Jauer.

Monika Basqué (b. 1958) holds a Diplom degree in psychology and is a psychological psychotherapist. Since 1990, she has been director of the training center of the German Association for Behavioral Therapy (DGVT) and outpatient clinic in Berlin. She has held various supervisory therapeutic positions in forensic psychiatry (LWL-Klinik Lippstadt-Eickelborn) and youth prison (JSA Berlin) and has worked as a research associate and expert consultant at FU Berlin (forensic psychiatry) with a focus on youth violence and right-wing extremism. Monika Basqué has been working since 1990 as an instructor, supervisor, and self-awareness trainer for various DGVT training centers.

Monika Basqué (b. 1958) holds a Diplom degree in psychology and is a psychological psychotherapist. Since 1990, she has been director of the training center of the German Association for Behavioral Therapy (DGVT) and outpatient clinic in
Berlin. She has held various supervisory therapeutic positions in forensic psychiatry (LWL-Klinik Lippstadt-Eickelborn) and youth prison (JSA Berlin) and has worked as a research associate and expert consultant at FU Berlin (forensic psychiatry) with a focus on youth violence and right-wing extremism. Monika Basqué has been working since 1990 as an instructor, supervisor, and self-awareness trainer for various DGVT training centers.

Diana Doko (b. 1972) is an adjunct professor of corporate communication at the SRH Hochschule der populären Künste (hdpk) and a freelance PR consultant and instructor in Berlin. In 2001, together with Gerald Schömbs, she co-founded the association Freunde fürs Leben e.V. (friends for life), which raises awareness around suicide, depression, and mental and emotional health among teens and young adults. She has received numerous awards for her work, including 25 Frauen, die unsere Welt besser machen (20 women who make our world better) – EDITION F (2018), Goldene Bild der Frau (awarded by Bild der Frau magazine) (2018), and the German Federal Cross of Merit (2018).

Marcus Jauer (b. 1974) worked as a reporter for Süddeutsche Zeitung and as an editor for the culture section of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. He currently works as a freelance journalist and author. His writings have won numerous awards. He lives and works in Berlin.

Thomas Macho (b. 1952) is a cultural scholar, philosopher, and the author of numerous publications. He was a Professor of Cultural History at the Humboldt University Institute for Cultural Studies from 1993 to 2016 and has been Director of the IFK (International Research Center for Cultural Studies) in Vienna since 2016. His most recent book, Das Leben nehmen: Suizid in der Moderne (Life-taking: Suicide in the modern age) was published by Suhrkamp in 2017.

Andres Veiel (b. 1959) is a film and theater director and author, and is considered one of the most prominent representatives of politically engaged German film. He has garnered more than fifty awards for his films Winternachtstraum (1991), Balagan (1993), Die Überlebenden (1996), Black Box BRD (2001), Die Spielwütigen (2004), Der Kick (2006), Wer wenn nicht wir (2011) and Beuys (2017), among them the European Film Award and the German Film Prize, which he has received multiple times. His plays Der Kick (2006), Das Himbeerreich (2013), and Let them eat money (2018) have premiered under his direction at Maxim Gorki Theater and Deutsches Theater Berlin, and have been performed numerous times as guest productions.