A time of epidemic and war has brought many hardships to light. Everywhere we turn, people are exhausted, tired, and unable to keep up the pace. Many are burnt out, without a moment to themselves. There are crises in the business and private spheres. However, such crisis periods have occurred before in history. Following the example of Viktor Frankl and his works The Will to Meaning and others, we have created an event that allows visitors to confront questions of meaning in the context of different regimes and situations of the last century. The event puts the spectator as a seeker and tester of selected approaches to making sense of the nonsense. The event is an immersive, multi-sensory narrative composed of fragments of documentary insights into possible meanings of existence.
Even if the youth is foolish, is it also capable of wisdom? Is the apple of the knowledge of good and evil the sin that darkens the skies of the old rider of life?
Oscar Wild says we are all standing in the mud, except that some of us are looking at the stars. Viktor Frankl also looked far and deep into the infinite beauties of the spirit that feed our wells of memories, hopes, visions, beauty and art.
The event mirrors a search, questioning and reflection on the surface of the sensual, with the story continually morphing into a multi-sensory experience that addresses and touches the fine line between the spiritual, the dreamlike, the imaginary and the documentary, spiced with insights into meaning. The latter is sought throughout our lives in recurring cycles, uncovering them repeatedly from the multi-layered dark matter of the past sediments. The direction of experience is not singular; it is a shared consciousness that triggers sensory perceptions and mental insights in different physical contexts.
This is not an event that challenges the visitor and raises his adrenaline level; it is not an event that wants to shock and scream. It is an event that is tailor-made for humans and from the human. It offers moments of being, both on a sensory and narrative level, where we can hear our response to what is happening. Art can also cure the woundedness of the soul; it is a refuge wrapped in veils of mysticism, beauty, and even transcendence.
Searchers for Meaning: Jurij Dovič, Amika Zoja Jelič, Mija Kramar, Lovro Mirtič, Lana Traven
The scenes are based on the young people’s reflections and insights into the initial themes
Concept/direction/multi-sensory environments: Barbara Pia Jenic
Sound effects: Peter Penko
Costume consultant: Tina Kolenik
Narrative consultant: Ana Duša
Cover photography: Anastasiya Lobanovskaya
Security and technical execution: Bat*man
- Viktor Frankl: Yes to Life, Man’s search for ulitmate meaning and others
- Naomi Klein: The Shock Doctrine (book and Documentary)
- Margarethe von Trotta: Hannah Arendt (Movie)
- Hannah Arendt: The Origins of Totalitarianism, Eichmann in Jerusalem