The step from forgetting to symbolic remembering is considerably shorter than that to active remembering work. Aleida Assmann
To remember – this is an intimate, personal moment that is simultaneously projected onto the foil of collective remembering and quotes the metaphors of memory from past times. It is the contemporary occurrence – taking place in the present – of the mind impressing and recalling specific content, a process of deconstruction and construction that has to perform contrary functions like the preserving and deleting data.
At the Branch Office for Temporary Remembering, this process could be followed in a conversation between teller and listener, in a dialogue between experts and in an interview with the public. The labyrinth-like building of the Hamburg Kammerspiele was the stage for a theatre of memory in which we simultaneously appear and perform as author, actor, director and prompter.