Talking Statues is coming to Berlin. Originally developed in London by the organisation Sing London, the project has already been imitated in Manchester and Chicago. The idea is as brilliant as it is simple: public statues and artworks are equipped with a QR code, passers-by that scan the code with their smartphones receive a call from the statue, telling them their story.
The pilot project Talking Statues Berlin was launched by Kulturprojekte Berlin as part of the MuseumSummer 2015 and will take place over three years. The first five statues went live on the Long Night of Museums on 29th August 2015.
- The Käthe Kollwitz statue by Gustav Seitz at Kollwitz-Platz in Pankow
- The Heinrich Zille monument by Thorsten Stegmann in Nikolaiviertel
- The Lise Meitner monument by Anna Franziska Schwarzbach in the forecourt of the Humboldt University of Berlin
- The Marx and Engels monument by Ludwig Engelhardt at the Marx-Engels Forum at Alexanderplatz
- The Lion by August Gaul in the colonnaded courtyard in front of the Alte Nationalgalerie (Museum Island)
In September 2015 the Berliner Kurier newspaper called on its readers to suggest more Berlin monuments that should be made to talk. The ones that got most nominations were the Bertolt Brecht statue by Fritz Cremer in front of the Berliner Ensemble and the statue of the Captain of Köpenick in front of Köpenick Town Hall. Since the summer of 2017 you are able to get calls from Bertolt Brecht and the Captain of Köpenick.
All the texts originate from the Berliner, author and journalist, Nadja Klinger. Talking Statues Berlin is bilingual. The author and actor Daniel Brunet has translated the texts into English and speaks the male roles in the English versions. The female voice is that of artist Catherine Duquette.