Katharina Ludwig

Wound Lickers – A Rhapsodic Character Study (2018)

Quotes of the video in order of appearance:

[01:05] Ingeborg Bachmann, Malina [own translation]
[01:55] Leonora Carrington, Down Below
[02:44] Denise Riley, Impersonal Passion: Language as Affect
[04:45] Clarice Lispector
[04:56] Clarice Lispector, The Passion According To G.H.
[05:07] Marguerite Duras, Writing
[05:50] Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace
[05:52] Hélène Cixous, Stigmata
[05:56] Sandeep Parmar et al., Threads
[06:18] Anne Boyer, What Resembles The Grave But Isn’t
[06:20] Hélène Cixous,The Laugh Of The Medusa
[06:22] Sandeep Parmar et al., Threads
[06:47] Emma Goldman, What I Believe
[06:50] Ingeborg Bachmann, Malina
[06:51] Saidiya Hartman, Venus In Two Acts
[07:21] Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands/La Frontera
[07:27] Emma Goldman, Anarchism And Other Essays
[08:00] Sandeep Parmar et al., Threads
[08:20] Violette LeDuc, La Bastarde [own translation]
[10:18] Saidiya Hartman, Venus In Two Acts
[10:56] Christine Sharpe, In The Wake
[12:21] Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands / La Frontera
[13:00] Hélène Cixous, Stigmata

About this work

Wound Lickers – A Rhapsodic Character Study gathers itself around the terminology of the rhapsody, a form of epic poetry. Its three parts loosely combine science fiction, feminist theory and anthropology to imagine a setting of interlinked cosmologies, myth and histories. Through these three forms, the characters of the Wound Lickers—mythological beings, collectors of pain and trauma, but also translators and distributors of oral history, especially of silenced accounts—are introduced. The unattributed quotes function like a tapestry in which the individual authors lose their specific narratives and instead combine to become one collective voice. Finally, the third part in the form of a reprise acts as a link between single words, themes, stanzas and voices.

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