The Presentation

Photos: Dominique Brewing

The Presentation

‘The Presentation’ is a performance in book form. At least from the outside, ‘The Presentation’ looks like any book in any collection, archive or library. When the book is opened, it contains playing cards, media players, accompanying text, felt supports and other utensils from long-past, much larger performances. Opening the book, a personal introduction begins for only one visitor as the protagonist. An exploration tour of the surrounding institution. With all their accesses and exclusions. In written, spoken and German sign language. With integrated audio description. Visitors are invited to experience and complete ‘The Presentation’ in their own order and rhythm. Or imagine it.

First performance Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Studiensaal der Graphische Sammlung, 16.11.2023

Further performances and permanent locations of ‘Die Vorstellung’ (The Presentation) will be announced here shortly.


Concept, text, direction: Melanie Mohren and Bernhard Herbordt
Speakers: Maila Giesder, Melanie Mohren and Bernhard Herbordt
Audio description: Maila Giesder and Matthias Nagel
DGS videos, performance: Sabine Scherbel and Mirko Scheit
Consulting Accessibility: Matthias Hanel and Matthias Nagel
Editing: Viola van Beek
Graphic design: Demian Bern
Photography: Dominique Brewing
Research, organization: Felicitas Arnold and Marlis Wiedemann 
Production management: Andrea Oberfeld /Ehrliche Arbeit – freies Kulturbüro

‘Die Vorstellung’ (The Presentation) is a production by Herbordt/Mohren (‘The Institution), funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of Baden-Württemberg (‘Art Despite Distance’) and the Cultural Office of the City of Stuttgart. 

Research and preparation were funded by the Performing Arts Fund from funds of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media within the framework of NEUSTART KULTUR.